Sudan Elected to U.N. Rights Group, U.S. Walks Out

(Reuters-By Evelyn Leopold) Sudan won re-election to the United Nations (news – web sites)’ main human rights watchdog on

Tuesday, prompting the United States to walk out because of ethnic cleansing in the country’s Darfur region. Sudan’s envoy

immediately accused the U.S. delegation of “shedding crocodile tears,” and said the United States had turned a blind eye as Iraqi

prisoners were mistreated and civilians were harmed in battle. Fourteen seats were filled on Tuesday for the 53-nation U.N. Human

Rights Commission based in Geneva. Many were decided by regional groups before Tuesday’s voting in the Economic and Social

Council in New York. Sichan Siv, the U.S. delegate to the council, accused Sudan of having no right to sit on the rights commission

because of ethnic cleansing in Darfur where government troops are accused of backing Arab militia which pillage black Africa

villages, raping and killing. The Khartoum government denies it is involved in ethnic cleansing. The United States will not participate

in this absurdity,” said Siv before briefly walking out of council chambers. “Our delegation will absent itself from the meeting rather

than lend support to Sudan’s candidacy.”