China must be pressured on Darfur now
Seeing as the only major power to trade with Sudan is China, pressure must be put on China to force Sudan to stop its genocidal behaviour in Darfur, and the only way to threaten a super power wannabe wanting global recognition above all else, is boycott the Olympics. The latest news that UN staff are being attacked in Darfur only makes the issue more serious. It must also be pointed out that the UNs outright denial over sexual abuse claims from some of their own staff only gives Sudan excuses to keep the UN out, the UN has to prosecute those claims to the fullness of the law so that they are not open to those claims by the Sudanese and the real issue at hand, the dreadful treatment of those in Darfur.
Darfur police 'assault UN staff'
The United Nations says five of its staff have been assaulted by police in Sudan's Darfur region.
The UN workers were among 20 aid workers and African Union peacekeepers arrested by Sudanese authorities after a raid on a party at the weekend. A statement from the UN said that some of their staff had suffered serious injuries and that it would protest officially to the Khartoum government. UN workers are providing vital aid in the conflict-hit region.
The Sudanese government has not intervened to protect Darfur's battered population from the brutal Janjaweed militia. But when aid workers, African Union peacekeepers and UN staff held a Friday night party in Nyala - Darfur's biggest town - it felt it had to step in. Sudanese police and security officers stormed the aid compound where the event was being held. According to the UN, the 20 arrested people were physically and verbally assaulted with some seriously injured and needing medical treatment. A report on Sudan's state-owned television said the UN and African Union workers had been detained for misconduct, comparing it to allegations of sexual abuse which face peacekeepers in southern Sudan.