Muammer Gaddafi’s Appointment Jeopardizes Future of Darfur
February 09, 2009
According to a February 3rd CNSnews.com article, Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi has been appointed as the new chairman of the African Union. The Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy is pessimistic about Gaddafi’s appointment as it will undoubtedly jeopardize international efforts to end the genocide in Darfur.
Gaddafi, who has his own record of human rights abuses, has strong connections with Sudan and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Libya and Sudan have a strong relationship within the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that is visibly recognized in regards to Darfur as well. Gaddafi claims that the International Criminal Court has indicted President Bashir on “false charges” and strongly opposes a war crimes trial for Bashir.
Damanga condemns Libya for supporting the Janjaweed militia and providing training facilities for them on Libyan soil. Libya has also been a relocation area for Darfuri victims and prisoners as well as a notorious location for cruel police abuse against Darfuris.
Damanga recognizes the negative impact Gaddafi can have on the peace process in Darfur and thus urges the international community, including the ICC, to escalate their efforts to end the genocide in Darfur.