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DFEZ and UN Watch at UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 11th regular session, June 02-19, 2009

 

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a title="Permanent Link to " href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?p=395"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080">Sudanese Front Groups Crowd Out Victim Voices</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span class="chronodata"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Published by </span></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a title="View all posts by UN Watch  " href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?author=1"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080">UN Watch</font></span></a></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span class="chronodata"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">- at June 16, 2009 </span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">in</span></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span class="entry-category"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a title="View all posts in NGOs" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?cat=34"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">NGOs</span></a></span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">, </span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a title="View all posts in Darfur" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?cat=6"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080">Darfur</font></span></a></span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> and </span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a title="View all posts in Human Rights Council (UNHRC)" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?cat=4"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Human Rights Council (UNHRC)</span></a></span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">. </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Debate commenced today at the UN Human Rights Council on the report by <strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ms. Sima Samar, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in <place w:st="on" /><country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region /></place />.</span></strong> In her opening remarks, she called for the government to implement the recommendations of her report, a large number of which are being ignored, “particularly in areas of protection of civilians and accountability in justice.” She accused the government of <country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region /> of continuing its attacks on the people of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> and of detaining and torturing human rights defenders and aid workers.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The Council divided largely between Western and non-Western States with the former arguing for increased human rights monitoring in <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> and the latter calling for the elimination of the mandate of the independent expert.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Just&nbsp;ten minutes were allotted for <strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">NGOs</span></strong> to speak. In this case,&nbsp;only eight were given the floor. Unfortunately, the first three on the speaker’s list were Sudanese front groups who had secured their spots through a “pre-inscription” process for NGOs from abroad. &nbsp;</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The Hawa Society for Women, the Al Zubair Charity Foundation, and the <placename w:st="on" />Society</placename /> <placename w:st="on" />Studies</placename /> <placetype w:st="on" />Center</placetype /> all argued against the need for a UN special rapporteur on the situation in <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />. The Hawa Society said there needs to be “better analysis of the political situation.” The Al-Zubair Foundation complained about the “bias” of the report by Ms. Samar, saying she took a “selective approach.” The <place w:st="on" /><placename w:st="on" />Society</placename /> <placename w:st="on" />Studies</placename /> <placetype w:st="on" />Center</placetype /></place /> said “there is no need for a rapporteur who is not professional in her work” and complained that she did not adequately consult with national NGOs. In a written statement, the organization also cited “the improvement in the humanitarian and security situation in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />” and called for the “Sudanization of the humanitarian work.”</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Due to the time constraints, UN Watch, tenth on the speaker’s list, was unable to deliver its statement.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>This is particularly unfortunate given the intended speaker&nbsp;was a victim of <country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region />’s racist genocide against the people of <place w:st="on" /><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Darfur</span></place /><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">.</span> The following is the speech he intended to give:</strong></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">UN Human Rights Council<br />Agenda Item 4<br />Debate on <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /><br />15 June 2009</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Thank you, Mr. President.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>My name is Gibreil Hamid and I am from <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />. I am delivering this statement on behalf of UN Watch.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>The government of <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> has told this Council that it is not committing any human rights violations.&nbsp; This is a lie.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>I want to tell you the truth.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Over fifty people from my family were murdered.&nbsp; More than five hundred thousand others in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> have been murdered.&nbsp; Women and girls are being raped.&nbsp; Millions are in camps.&nbsp; They need food and water.&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>What is happening in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> is a genocide, as the international criminal court has concluded.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>My people are being killed because of their race.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>I want to know:&nbsp; Why is this council not doing anything about <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />’s racist crimes?</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>In April, this Council organized the world conference on racism, known as the Durban Review Conference.&nbsp; I was there.&nbsp; Why were <country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region />’s racist crimes in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> ignored?&nbsp; I will never understand that.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Mr. President, we, the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, come before this council today, with a simple message.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Time is running out. We need action. Our situation is critical. We are being murdered and raped. We need protection. We need action, and we need it now.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Please stop adopting resolutions that praise <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> for its so-called “cooperation.” Please do not eliminate the mandate on <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />. Please take action to end these racist crimes.</strong></span></p><p><strong></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><strong>Thank you, Mr. President.</strong></span></p>

UNHRC Geneva June 2009 - Statement by UN Watch
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.unwatch.org/site/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.1277549/k.BF70/Home.htm"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080">UN Watch</font></span></a></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> Press Release&nbsp;</span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">For media inquiries, please telephone +41-22-734-1472 or </span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.unwatch.org/contact"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#0066ff">click here</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> .&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">U.N. Rights Council Renews But Downgrades Mandate on <place w:st="on" /><country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region /></place /></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">GENEVA, June 18, 2009 —</span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> UN Watch welcomed the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 20-18 vote today renewing the mandate of its investigator into abuses in Sudan, but expressed regret that her rank was downgraded in order to win support from non-Western countries.<br /><br />“We had a small but rare victory today at the U.N. Human Rights Council, where for a change the supporters of human rights outnumbered the spoilers, with Sudan and its allies in the African and Arab blocs, as well as Russia and China, narrowly defeated,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based human rights monitoring group.<br /><br />Those who supported keeping the mandate were France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Zambia.<br /><br />Opposing continued scrutiny of <country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region />’s human rights violations were <country-region w:st="on" />Azerbaijan</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Bahrain</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Bangladesh</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Cameroon</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />China</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Cuba</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Djibouti</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Egypt</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Indonesia</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Jordan</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Malaysia</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Nigeria</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Pakistan</country-region />, the <country-region w:st="on" />Philippines</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Qatar</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Russia</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Saudi Arabia</country-region />, and <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />South Africa</place /></country-region />.<br /><br /><country-region w:st="on" />Angola</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Bolivia</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Burkina Faso</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Gabon</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Ghana</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />India</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Madagascar</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Nicaragua</country-region />, and <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Senegal</place /></country-region /> all abstained.<br /><br />“It’s significant that <country-region w:st="on" />Mauritius</country-region /> and <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Zambia</place /></country-region /> were willing to break with the African group on this resolution,” said Neuer. “When the <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />U.S.</place /></country-region /> joins the council tomorrow for the first time, it will need to lead the fight against the malicious and entrenched practice of bloc voting, which has been used to erode the council’s mechanisms of human rights scrutiny.”<br /><br />“Then again, it's not the first time we've seen such cross-over votes on <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />, and it’s still far from clear whether the Obama administration will be able to chip away at the spoilers’ automatic majority on most key votes.”<br /><br />Neuer was &quot;deeply concerned&quot; that today’s resolution downgraded the title of Sima Samar from “Special Rapporteur,” a U.N. term which implies a grave situation requiring investigation, to the milder “Independent Expert,” which Neuer said &quot;effectively minimizes the plight of millions of victims suffering today in Darfur.&quot; According to <city w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Geneva</place /></city /> diplomats, the demotion was a compromise needed to win votes from countries that normally hesitate to criticize their peers.<br /><br />After <country-region w:st="on" />Egypt</country-region /> supported <country-region w:st="on" />Sudan</country-region />'s position&nbsp;in the name of the African group, <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Uganda</place /></country-region /> protested that the group's positions &quot;were not being represented accurately.&quot; The Ugandan envoy said that &quot;From the Holocaust to the genocide in <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Rwanda</place /></country-region />, we are always reminded that never again should we allow these events to happen through inaction or political expediency.&quot; He praised the council's resolution on <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />, saying it &quot;reasserted the credibility of the council.&quot; He thanked council members who &quot;have acted with courage on their convictions.&quot;</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">In a rare rejoinder to a fellow African state, the Egyptian envoy said that if the Ugandan first secretary &quot;bothered to attend African meetings on issues besides <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />&quot; he would have better information. The Sudanese representative also slammed the Ugandan and insisted that it had the support of the African group.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><em><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter. It is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information</span></em></p></p></p></p>

UNHRC Geneva June 2009 - UN Watch Press Release

UNHRC Geneva Side Event, June 16, 2009
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><givenname w:st="on" /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Speech</span></b></givenname /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> <middlename w:st="on" />Gibreil</middlename /> <sn w:st="on" />I.</sn /> M. Hamid at UN Human Rights Council <city w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Geneva</place /></city /> Side Event of June 16, 2009<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you Mr/Mrs: ……….<br /><br /><br /></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Ladies and Gentlemen<br /><br /></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">As we are meeting here about the situation of millions of Darfuris, their lives still hang in balance.</span>&nbsp;</p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">When I hear reports from crowded camps, where millions of displaced civilians are in desperate need of any kind of help that they can get, it makes me sick and tired.</span>&nbsp;</p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">What I would like to ask you for, here, today, is your voice to make sure that the world leaders no longer turn away from the ongoing genocide in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, a genocide in slow motion.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">As you know about the conflict in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, more than 500’000 people have lost their lives, the situation of the IDPs is getting worse day after day and nothing has happened till today.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">More than twenty three resolutions - but none was implemented. Two months ago, the Sudanese Government was executing nine people from <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, shortly after this&nbsp;another ten. Last week, 13 people were also executed by the Sudanese Government.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We were inviting a group of Darfuri women. Unfortunately, they didn't get the visas. The Swiss Government, in cooperation with the Sudanese Government, rejected to grant the visas&nbsp;to them.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">WE are here now to represent the Darfuri women.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">I consider myself as a strong person, as you see me, but most of the time, I feel week when I hear the incredible stories of survivors of torture and violence against women. But nothing could have prepared me for what I had to hear: Stories of traumatised people loosing hope. The stories of Darfuri women refugees.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Ironically, atrocities by the Sudanese regime drove the women from their homes, not to the place where they could feel secure, but to another place of terror a place of deprivation, fear and ongoing sexual violence.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The investigation of trauma documents shows the use of rape as a weapon of war in Darfur, the continuation of sexual violence in our neighbouring country <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Chad</place /></country-region /> and ongoing depression and despair.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We need your voice to help to end impunity and generate more effective protection and support for the Darfuri women.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We hope with your help, our efforts will bring about justice for these women, so that no one can dare to claim any longer that the situation of the Darfuri refugees, especially the women and children, is exaggerated or undocumented. Now we have nothing more than the truth to tell you, the truth - and there are still lots of untold stories.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Darfuri women will feel better when they hear that their plight is not forgotten and that we are campaigning to help them. Some of us here in this room might have an extraordinary opportunity to do something for Darfuri women. I am so privileged to be amongst you here today and each of us can contribute something important to make a change.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Struggle to survive is not an easy matter, especially for women and children, we need your support and we need it now.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Since the <city w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Khartoum</place /></city /> decision to expel 13 humanitarian groups in March 2009, the situation of over 2,9 million Darfuris still living in makeshift displacement camps is worse than ever.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Food aid, water, sanitation and health services have all been seriously affected because of the expulsion; the situation of the civilians is just getting worse.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Let us work together to end the crisis in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> and in the rest of the world.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you so much for everything! Special thanks to Arielle of UN Watch for organising this event at times like these when the people of Darfur and the <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> are in utmost need of your resolve, your compassion and your energy, thank you!</span></p>

Speech Gibreil Hamid UNHRC Side Event,June 16,2009

UNHRC Side Event, June 16, 2009

Speakers Panel 1

Speakers Panel 2

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