NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR WARN OF “COUNTDOWN TO GENOCIDE” IN DARFUR

September 5, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law warn of a “countdown to genocide” in Sudan’s Darfur region, noting that “as the feeble and largely symbolic African Union force (itself at best indifferent to the massive rapes and murders) prepares to leave the region in five weeks, Darfur is on the brink of massive human killing with no international force forthcoming.”

According to the professors: “As t he UN’s own Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hedi Annabi, recently reported to the Security Council, the Islamist regime in Khartoum is massing for a military onslaught in northern Darfur. ‘ We have received reports that a build-up of Sudan Armed Forces in Darfur has already begun and that a number of extra battalions have been deployed in El Fasher and Nyala,’ Annabi reports. The only appropriate response to this move, given [Sudanese President Omar] Bashir’s obstruction, would be the deployment (under Chapter VII of the UN Charter) of a credible international force without his consent to protect the victims and their humanitarian assistants and repel the killers.”

The essay, “Countdown to Genocide,” can be accessed online by clicking here.