chapter  3
The Darfur crisis
ByTheéodore H MacDonald
Pages 28

The Darfur crisis in Sudan, especially with regard to apparent reluctance by the UN to intervene either through trade sanctions or otherwise, is much more complex than much of the media coverage would have us believe. In any civil society, once the ordinary function of the police as protective of civilian rights is superseded by security concerns, it is not long before the perceived needs of military intelligence assume priority in national life. Darfur, and Sudan as a whole, is no different in this regard. Human rights activists have been blaming the Sudanese government for its consistent failure to protect the people of Darfur from gross human rights violations, including mass killings, rape and forced displacement. Sudan is said to be continuing to support the Janjaweed militias, which are responsible for continuing grave human rights violations in Darfur and eastern Chad.