Thursday, April 07, 2005

Countdown to Int'l Justice (Day 5)...

The UN has passed the names of 51 people suspected of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region to the International Criminal Court (ICC). So far, so good. I remain willing to be pleasantly surprised by the ICC, but I remain opposed to the abuse of jurisdiction. I believe this was not only a violation of the UN Charter, but also a very poor political move.

Protesters gathered outside a key UN building in Khartoum, as well as the French and US embassies, waving banners criticising the UN, the US and its allies, our correspondent said.

"We are coming here to say to America 'no' to these orders. We are not people who have to listen to orders from anybody except the Sudan," one demonstrator said.

Get that? I've slept since then, but I seem to recall the U.S. being opposed to this resolution and finally abstaining from using its veto only after receiving protections for U.S. citizens operating in Sudan.

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