Tuesday, December 16, 2008






Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
can be found at

The Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly was Adopted on 9 December 1948.

This is the time of year we like to feel all is peaceful, if only for a day. That day being Christmas.

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Silent Night, not Silent Voices
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I receive emails from a Darfuri who lives in California who is a human rights activist and keeps contact with people in his homeland. This is the text of his email sent this morning at 5:00 a.m.
December 16, 2008

Dear All,

Some of the things going on in Darfur from our daily

Internally displaced persons (IDP) camp of Saraf Omra (between
ElFasher and El-Geneina), the Government of Sudan (GoS)
through the town Mayor - issued an order of removing the camp
(home to about 2,350 IDPs) even by force if necessary.
30 of the camp sheiks (tribal leaders) protested by
signing a protest petition to be sent to the state Governor
(who is GoS supporter). The move is seen as part of GoS move to
dismantle the IDP Camps ( the most visible evidence of
Genocide that houses living witnesses).

2- Military jets overflew Zalengie Camps in show of
force and intimidation. (This is following the killing
of one of the camp leaders and the rage that

3- Tension is growing among Arab tribes following
multiple inter-tribal clashes and killings. We spoke
with many Arab leaders and leaders in the movements
from Arab tribes who almost unanimously blamed the GoS
for having hand in the clashes.

I will keep you posted.

And this email text was received last Friday, December 12,

Dear All,

1- North Darfur: contacts with an Omdah ( local tribe
leader), 2 school teachers, and a rebel leader on the
ground in North Darfur. All witnessed today a GoS
military aircraft (Antonove) overflying villages in
north Darfur(North west of Kutum town). The Aircraft
kept circulating for more than 3 hours over villages
of: Korbia, Um Marahik, Um Shidig, Door.

Korbia, where there is a Khazan( water reservoir), was
bombed exactly four weeks ago (Friday 11/14/2008). I
was told that there are still unexploded ordinance
from last raid.

Today no bombing. Yet it sent villagers to hidings and
in mountains. The school teachers told me that they
have to cancel classes because every one was fleeing
for their lives.

Flying over without bombing is a new terror tactic
adopted by GoS lately. I was told some cases of
miscarriages had occurred during the panic.

2- West Darfur: A woman was ambushed at a water pump
by seven Janjawed, abducted and gang raped. She went
to get water for her family.

Her name is Kaltoum Yahya Suliman, from Khamsa Dagaig
IDP Camp near Zalengie. She was taken to Zalengie
Hospital in critical condition where she was still
there when I spoke with some IDPs this morning.
UNAMID can check on her at the Hospital under the
above name.

I will keep you posted.

Massacre at Murambi
at Media That Matters
See the film at

It Will Take You and Me to Tell Our Leaders
to Help End The War On Decency

Make It Known that You Do Not Believe It Is Acceptable
to Continue the Complicity regarding Genocide

This video was taken of Darfuris in Chad last year ~ Christmas 2007

2007 Christmas in Darfur
Christmas in Darfur filmmakers Jason Mojica, Jim Milak and Ryan Faith appear on WTTW"s Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce days after their return from the Chad / Sudan border.
Uploaded by elmodernisto
Visit their website: www.christmasindarfur.org


Documenting Atrocities in Darfur

State Publication 11182
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research

U.S. Department of State

September 2004
(and it has only gotten worse since 2004)

Secretary Powell's opening remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Click on the Summary and it will enlarge

Read the report at www.state.gov


Sudan: The Refugee and IDP Situation
Page at this link:

Learn more:


International Criminal Court

The Prosecutor

Source: www.icc-cpi.int

Moreno Ocampo © ICC-CPI—Wim van Cappellen/Reporters "I deeply hope that the horrors humanity has suffered during the 20th century will serve us as a painful lesson, and that the creation of the International Criminal Court will help us to prevent those atrocities from being repeated in the future."

Statement made by Luis Moreno-Ocampo on the occasion of his election as first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court by the Assembly of States Parties in New York on 22 April 2003.

On 21 April 2003, the Assemby of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, meeting in its second resumed first session, unanimously elected Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina as first Prosecutor of the Court. Between 1984-92, as a Prosecutor in Argentina, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo was involved in precedent-setting prosecutions of top military commanders for mass killings and other large-scale human rights abuses.

He was the Assistant Prosecutor in the “Military Junta” trial against Army commanders accused of masterminding the “dirty war”, and other cases of human rights violations by the Argentine military. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo was the Prosecutor in charge of the extradition from the United States of former Argentine General Carlos Guillermo Suárez Mason, and in the investigation and prosecution of guerrilla leaders and of those responsible for two military rebellions in Argentina. He also took part in the case against Army commanders accused of malpractice during the Malvinas/Falklands war, as well as in dozens of major cases of corruption.

As the first case brought against top commanders responsible for mass killings since the Nuremberg Trial, the 1984-85 “Military Junta” trial involved 9 senior commanders, including 3 former heads of state, from the ranks of Army officials who ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. On the recomendation of a report produced by the Truth Commision established in Argentina in 1984, eight months of judicial investigation resulted in the Prosecutors presenting 700 cases of “murder, kidnapping and torture” as a sample of thousands of alleged crimes, calling 835 witnesses and citing thousands of documents. After 6 months of public hearing, on December 8, 1985 a panel of six judges convicted 5 of the accused.

In 1992, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo resigned as Prosecutor of the Federal Criminal Court of Buenos Aires, and established a private law firm, Moreno-Ocampo & Wortman Jofre, which specializes in corruption control programs for large firms and organisations, criminal and human rights law. Until his election as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo worked as lawyer and as Private Inspector General for large companies. He also took on a number of pro bono activities, among others as legal representative for the victims in the extradition of former Nazi officer Erich Priebke to Italy, the trial of the chief of the Chilean secret police for the murder of General Carlos Prats, and several cases concerning political bribery, journalists’ protection and freedom of expression.

Mr. Moreno-Ocampo also worked with various local, regional and international NGO’s. He was the president of Transparency International for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has served as on the global Advisory Board and the Board of Transparency International, a world-wide organisation whose aim is to reduce corruption in business transactions. The founder and president of Poder Ciudadano, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo also served as member of the Advisory Board of the “Project on Justice in times of transition” and “New Tactics on Human Rights.”

Mr. Moreno-Ocampo has been a visiting professor at both Stanford University and Harvard University.

Mr. Moreno-Ocampo has taken office on 16 June 2003 by pledging his solemn undertaking as required by article 45 of the Rome Statute. As Prosecutor, he will assume full authority over the management and administration of the Office, including the staff, facilities and other resources thereof. For a full curriculum vitae of the Prosecutor, please click here.


Blood and Soul: A World History of Genocide and Extermination
from Sparta to Darfur
By Ben Kiernan
Read it online

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