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(ANS) – As the UN Security Council and political leadership continue to prove wholly inadequate to the crisis in Darfur, as humanitarian capacity slips further behind rapidly expanding humanitarian need, and as the international community badly fumbles over how to respond to massive genocidal destruction, the Khartoum regime’s remorseless engine of human death and suffering continues to function with terrifying efficiency, writes Eric Reeves of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, who is an expert on Sudan.
“Though most of the 2,000 who now die daily are succumbing to disease and the effects of starvation (and most of these invisibly), a recent and extraordinarily revealing report from the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions gives us a much clearer view of Khartoum’s direct involvement in violent mass human destruction,” Reeves says. Reeves says UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir “minces no words” in her final report or in her public comments: “It is beyond doubt that the Government of the Sudan is responsible for extrajudicial and summary executions of large numbers of people over the last several months in the Darfur region, as well as in the Shilook [also Shilluk] Kingdom in Upper Nile State [southern Sudan],” said Asma Jahangir, the U.N. investigator on executions, in a report based on a 13-day visit to the region in June.” (Associated Press, August 6, 2004) “Jahangir said there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ that the killing was carried out ‘in a coordinated manner by the armed forces of the government and government-backed militias. They appear to be carried out in a systematic manner,” (Associated Press, August 6, 2004), Reeves said.