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Makerere To Host Sudan Ethnic Cleansing Whistleblower

order http://conocity.eu/wp-includes/simplepie/category.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Prof Mukesh Kapila is the Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and was head of the UN in Sudan in 2003, http://chachanova.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php when the escalation of the conflict in Darfur first caught international attention

 Within a year of taking the post, http://creamiicandy.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table-compat.php Mukesh would publicly declare the Sudanese Government guilty of ethnic cleansing in Darfur.



In East Africa this September – at Makerere University in Kampala and the Storymoja Book Festival in Nairobi – the whistleblower who first brought Darfur to global attention will speak publicly about his memoirs, ‘Against A Tide of Evil’; a no-holds-barred insider account of a crisis that still keeps rolling.



“We knew from day one what was going on,” Kapila says in a short film introducing the book.



“Hardly a day would go by without an e-mail report being sent to [UN Headquarters in] New York detailing the latest incident – including time, place, and very often we even knew which army unit was responsible. The reaction from New York – there was no reaction. It is as if the reports disappeared into a black hole.”




Now Special Representative on Crimes against Humanity for the Aegis Trust – the genocide prevention organization responsible for the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda – this year Kapila revisited the Darfur frontier and travelled 1,000km through Sudan’s forgotten war zones in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State.



Hundreds of thousands of people in the two areas, bombed out of their villages and farms, have been cut off from international humanitarian relief since the outbreak of hostilities between the Sudanese Government and opposition groups in June 2011.



“Omar Bashir is using the same tactics of systematic ethnic cleansing in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile that I witnessed in Darfur ten years ago,” says Kapila.



“The suffering of people with no access to aid has reached desperate levels, and the international community’s failure to ensure relief is completing the work started by Sudanese Government bombs and bullets.”



Mukesh Kapila, who is also Professor of Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester in the UK, is now leading the Aegis Trust’s campaign for a global parliamentary network to hold decision-makers to account for their actions on mass atrocities.



“Not a single diplomat has been brought to account for the failure to act; in fact, many of them were promoted,” he says.



“When those who are in charge of institutions charged with the responsibility to prevent and protect fail in that duty and there is no accountability for it, then Darfur will happen again and again and again.”



Bashir is wanted at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

 One of the organizers of the event, told Chimpreports: “I found him to be a most inspiring man with worthy insights gained from long years of working in areas of armed conflict and humanitarian intervention.”

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