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UN rights council rejects bid to pressure Sudan to stem Darfur violence

Agence France Presse

November 28, 2006

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday rejected a bid by the European Union and Canada to place primary responsibility on Sudan to prevent human rights violations in the country's conflict-riven Darfur province. The EU had submitted amendments to a resolution sponsored by the African group of countries, which called for "an immediate end to the ongoing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law," without making any reference to a government role in the conflict.

The resolution was passed in its unaltered form with 25 votes in favour, 11 against and 10 abstentions.The EU amendments instead had stressed the "primary obligation of the Government of Sudan to protect all individuals against violations, including sexual and other forms of gender-based violence and the use of child soldiers.

"The Council voted 22 against the amendments, 20 in favour and 4 abstentions. Finland's ambassador, representing the EU, expressed his "deep disappointment" that it had not been possible to reach an agreement on the resolution, and his "deep concern at the ongoing culture of impunity" regarding rights violations in Darfur.

Canada's ambassador also regretted the inability to reach a deal, saying the African draft failed to address the essential issues of the conflict. "The people of Darfur should not have to wait another six months" until the Human Rights Council next sits, for concrete action to be taken by the international community, he said.

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