A Little Help?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

A Little Help?

It has now been more than a week since Oxfam reported that the US, Brazil, India and Russia were trying to undermine a new UN agreement that "would establish a new standard and oblige the international community to act were there to be another Rwanda or a similar mass murder of civilians where the government was unwilling or unable to do anything to stop the bloodshed."

Since then, it has hardly received any press coverage, but today it was briefly mentioned, along with an apparent attempt to further undermine the International Criminal Court, in an article by Colum Lynch in the Washington Post
The proposed changes, submitted by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton, touch on virtually every aspect of U.N. affairs and provide a detailed look at U.S. concerns about the world body's future. They underscore U.S. efforts to impose greater oversight of U.N. spending and to eliminate any reference to the International Criminal Court. The administration also opposes language that urges the five permanent members of the Security Council not to cast vetoes to halt genocide, war crimes or ethnic cleansing.
It seems to me that these are two rather important issues that deserve some in-depth coverage.

I realize that this blog has a limited audience and that this post probably will not reach the desired targets, but I strongly urge those with access to information regarding these two issues to write and disseminate pieces explaining just what is going on (or, barring that, sending me an e-mail and pointing me toward some resources that will help me figure out just what is going on, so that I can explain it here.)

Cross-posted at the CFD.

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