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April 13, 2007

Countries Urge The United Nations to Fight Genocide

By Anai Rhoads

"There seems to be a world-wide consensus that the United Nation Security Council has a responsibility to act to protect populations against genocide," said Steven Kull, editor of WorldPublicOpinion.org.

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A new study published Thursday by World Public Opinion and the  Chicago Council on Global Affairs reveals there is actively more public interest in ending the genocide in Darfur.

A total of twelve countries were asked whether the UN Security Council should intervene to end the violence and genocide in Sudan.

Each country resoundingly approved of the authorisation of military force to squelch the uprisings and human rights abuses. Out of the twelve countries spotlighted, the study shows that the

Chinese public  favours more UN involvement by 76 percent, the United States comes in second with 74 percent, followed by the Palestinians at 69 percent.

France and the U.S. ranked the top two countries that most favoured UN action. Eighty-four percent of the French public, and 83 percent of Americans strongly urged proactive action on the part of UN and both say they are willing to contribute peacekeeping troops into Sudan.

"There seems to be a world-wide consensus that the United Nation Security Council has a responsibility to act to protect populations against genocide," said Steven Kull, editor of WorldPublicOpinion.org.

Modest media coverage may be to blame for those individuals in this study who did not know how to respond or who were simply not aware of the situation in Western Sudan, which resulted in lower percentages.

President Bashir, Vice-President Taha, Security Chief Gosh have been linked to the ruthless clearance of populace in Darfur, as well the violence in Chad, and the Central African Republic. Governments have attempted to appease Sudanese government, but talks have failed time and time again.

Over 2 million men, women, and children have been driven from their homes and left displaced in Sudan. Nearly a half a million people have perished senselessly. The situation will be forever catagorised with the infamous mass killings in Rwanda, Serbia and Cambodia.

In accord with the 1948 Convention on Genocide, the UN Security Council has a responsibility to pass such a resolution and invite a coalition of willing life-savers to enter Darfur end the violence.

© Copyright 2007 Anai Rhoads.



Submitters Website: www.anairhoads.org

Submitters Bio:
Anai Rhoads is a Human Rights journalist originally from Athens, Greece. Her work has been featured on several web-based newspapers and media outlets, which include ZMagazine, InfoShop.com, and Media Monitors. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for AnaiRhoads.org.

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