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U.S. Protests Sudan's Election to Human Rights Panel

Sudan was elected Tuesday to serve a three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Commission, provoking a walkout by a senior U.S. diplomat who accused the government of helping to drive more than a million African villagers from their homes in Sudan’s Darfur province. Sudan’s Islamic government is facing mounting international condemnation for failing to halt the violence in Darfur. The United Nations’ top emergency relief official, Jan Egeland, charged last month that Khartoum may be condoning “ethnic cleansing” by Arab militias against black Africans. “The United States is perplexed and dismayed by the decision to put forward Sudan — a country that massacres its own African citizens — for election to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights,” said U.S. representative Sichan Siv before storming out of a U.N. conference hall before the vote. “With credible reports continuing to come out of Sudan regarding the most serious human rights violations in Darfur, Sudan’s membership on the commission threatens to undermine not only its work, but its very credibility.” Full Story

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