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Testimony at the UN - Please watch UN Watch Statement Delivered by Gibreil Hamid, March 7, 2008:
Please click on this link: Killing Civilians is not "Cooperation"
(Human Rights Council Debate, 3/17/08) -
UN Human Rights Council, 7th Session, Item 4: Human rights situation that require the Council's attention - UN Watch Statement Delivered by Gibreil Hamid, March 17, 2008 

 

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Testimony at the UN</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&nbsp;- Please watch UN Watch Statement Delivered by Gibreil Hamid, March 17, 2008:</span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">(click on the link below)</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1313923&ct=5116019" target="_self"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080">Killing Civilians is not &quot;Cooperation&quot;</font></span></a></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><br />(Human Rights Council Debate, 3/17/08)</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; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><em><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">UN Human Rights Council, 7th Session</span></em><i><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><br /><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Item 4</span></em></span></i><em><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">: Human rights situation that require the Council's attention</span></em><i><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></i></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center" /><p align="center"><em><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">UN Watch Statement Delivered by <personname w:st="on" />Gibreil Hamid</personname />, March 17, 2008</span></em><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; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" /><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you, Mr. President. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">I speak on behalf of UN Watch. We thank the Special Rapporteur for her excellent work for the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Mr. President, I am from <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, and I know the truth about what is happening there. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The truth can be found in today's report.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The report shows how the Government of Sudan is violating human rights and international humanitarian law, with physical assaults, abductions and rape. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">In October, Government forces attacked Muhajiriya. People praying in a mosque were rounded up, and forty-eight civilians were killed. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">In November, Government planes dropped bombs on Habila. The attackers entered the villages, shooting, stealing animals and setting fire to houses. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">On 2 December, in <place w:st="on" />West Darfur</place />, armed men attacked a group of ten women and girls. A sixteen-year-old girl from the group was gang raped, and at least three other women were whipped and beaten with axes. Police and soldiers refused to help. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Today's report says that violence against women in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> is continuing. There is no improvement. There is no justice. The attackers enjoy immunity. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Mr. President, in the name of basic human rights, UN Watch urges <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> to end these attacks against innocent civilians. </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">UN Watch asks this Council to please stop praising <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> for its &quot;cooperation.&quot; Mr. President, attacking little girls is not &quot;cooperation.&quot; </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We wish to ask the rapporteur: What further action is she planning to protect the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />? </span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you, Mr. President.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong>Uebersetzung in Deutsch:<br />&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><strong><font size="2"></font></strong></span></p><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Vielen Dank, Herr Pr&auml;sident<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ich spreche im Namen von <i>UN Watch</i>. Wir danken der Sonderberichterstatterin f&uuml;r ihre ausgezeichnete Arbeit zugunsten der Opfer von Darfur.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Herr Pr&auml;sident, ich komme aus Darfur, und ich wei&szlig;, was dort wirklich geschieht.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Die Wahrheit kann im heutigen Bericht nachgelesen werden. Der Bericht zeigt, wie die sudanesische Regierung die Menschenrechte und das internationale humanit&auml;res Gesetz verletzt - mit Anschl&auml;gen auf Leib und Leben, Entf&uuml;hrungen und Vergewaltigungen.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Im Oktober griffen Regierungstruppen den Ort Muhajiriya an. Die zum Gebet in der Moschee versammelten Menschen wurden zusammengetrieben; 48 davon get&ouml;tet. Im November bombardierten Flugzuge der Regierung die Gegend um Habilah. Die Angreifer drangen in die D&ouml;rfer ein, schossen um sich, raubten das Vieh und steckten die H&auml;user in Brand. Am 2. Dezember &uuml;berfielen Bewaffnete eine Gruppe von 10 Frauen und M&auml;dchen. Ein 16 Jahre altes M&auml;dchen wurde von mehreren M&auml;nnern vergewaltigt und mindestens drei weitere Frauen wurden ausgepeitscht und mit &Auml;xten schwer verletzt. Polizei und Soldaten sahen nur zu.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Der heutige Bericht besagt, dass die Gewalt gegen Frauen in Darfur anh&auml;lt. Die Lage hat sich nicht gebessert. Es gibt kein Justizwesen und die Peiniger genie&szlig;en Immunit&auml;t.<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="2">Herr Pr&auml;sident,<br />&nbsp;<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">im Namen der elementaren Menschenrechte fordert <i>UN Watch</i> den Sudan auf, die Angriffe gegen unschuldige Zivilisten einzustellen. <i>UN Watch</i> bittet dieses Gremium, damit aufzuh&ouml;ren, den Sudan f&uuml;r seine &quot;Kooperation&quot; zu loben. Herr Pr&auml;sident, Angriffe auf kleine M&auml;dchen sind keine &quot;<b><i>Kooperation&quot;</i></b>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Wir m&ouml;chten die Sonderberichterstatterin fragen: Welche weiteren Schritte gedenkt sie zu unternehmen, um die Opfer in Darfur zu sch&uuml;tzen?<br />&nbsp;<br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: DE-CH; mso-fareast-font-family: ">Danke, Herr Pr&auml;sident.</span></p></span>

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