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The following essays were
originally published by Pambazuka News. Pambazuka
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In memory of John Garang
Who would have
thought that exactly three weeks after the historical and momentous occasion of
the inauguration of the transitional government of national unity in Khartoum we
would be mourning the death of the vice president of Sudan, under that peace
agreement , Dr John Garang . In less than a month, the huge hope and
expectations raised by the peace agreement (signed in Naivasha, Kenya , in
January ), negotiated for several years and culminating in the inauguration of
July 9, seem to be doomed .
riots in Khartoum mostly by grieving southerners and the even more predictable
high handed response by the Sudan security forces only serve the cynicism of
many people both inside and outside who have always believed that peace between
the north and south, meaning Arabs and Africans is not possible.
What price human rights?
Compared to the
verbal commitment of world leaders to human rights issues, the amount of money
actually allocated to human rights within the United Nations system is pitiful.
“If the role of the United Nations, through the work of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights, cannot be sustained, then any other system is also doomed to
failure, irrespective of what form the ‘new and improved’ UN is going to take,”
writes Vinodh Jaichand.
Regulation of information during conflict situations: The
role of women
by Amie Joof-
If women are to
participate fully in brokering peace, in decision making, and in post conflict
reconstruction, it is imperative that they work in partnership with all forms of
media at their disposal to raise awareness, to ensure participation of women of
all ages, to influence policy decisions, and to ensure accountability on the
part of governments, NGOs, and international organizations, writes Amie Joof-
Posted October 05, 2005
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