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- The American Bar Association (ABA) is the world's largest professional
organization with a membership of over 400,000 lawyers and speaks with
an especially powerful and effective voice in advancing the cause of
human rights. The ABA Section of International Law established the
Human Rights Committee to monitor international covenants, advocate
for foreign human rights lawyers persecuted for their work,
investigate human rights abuses, and to provide education about human
To join or learn more about the ABA Section of International Law
visit: http://www.abanet.org/intlaw/membership/home.html If you have
any difficulties, please contact the International Section office at
To join or learn more about the International Human Rights Committee
To subscribe to the ABA-SIL Human Rights Committee newsletter visit:
For past Newsletter issues visit:
Russell Kerr, Editor russell@....\
OPEN CALL: The role of historical sites in Holocaust education and
human rights education in the EU
The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has launched an
Open Call for Tender for a project on "The role of commemoration
sites, original sites and historical museums in Holocaust education
and Human Rights education in the EU".
You can find all documents related to the call on the FRA Webpage:
If you wish to submit an offer and you have any questions related to
the tender procedure, please contact our procurement section via email
(procurement@...), fax (+43-1-58030-691) or telephone
(+43-1-58030-649). Deadline for dispatching of offers is 17 October 2008.
TAKE ACTION: Who Ordered the Shooting of a Guatemalan Environmental
On September 4, Yuri Melini was shot three times in Guatemala City
and, despite grave injuries, was fortunate to survive. Melini is a
leading environmental activist and had just won an important Court
victory striking down aspects of Guatemala's Mining Law.
The attack appeared to be carefully planned. The assailants were
reportedly waiting for Melini and called his name to guarantee his
identity before shooting him. On the same day, 50 other environmental
activists received threats relating to their work.
The Guatemalan government has expressed concern that the killing may
have been an act of intimidation to deter Melini and others from
engaging in environmental advocacy.
Take action now to support the government's initial reaction and to
urge it to:
â¢ Investigate the attempted murder and prosecute those who ordered the
â¢ Ensure that Melini and other environmental activists are adequately
protected from further attacks.
Click Here to Take Action:
Learn more about this case:
CALL FOR PAPERS
2009 HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY AWARD
Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
American University Washington College of Law
The Academy is proud to announce the topic of the 2009 Human Rights
Essay Award. This yearâs topic for the essay in English is: â60 years
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: its contemporary
normative impactâ. Deadline for submissions is February 3, 2009.
The Award in each case will consist of:
â¢ a scholarship to the 2009 Specialized Human Rights Program
â¢ travel expenses* to Washington D.C.
â¢ housing* at the university dorms
â¢ per diem for living expenses* for the three-week session
*subject to restrictions
Participants may choose any subject related to the assigned topic: â60
years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: its contemporary
Candidates must hold a law degree.
Submissions must be unpublished legal papers in English, written
solely by the candidate.
Articles must not exceed 35 pages, including footnotes, and must be
double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font.
Articles must be submitted via email to hracademy@... in
Microsoft Word format.
The deadline to submit articles is February 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Winners will be announced on April 1, 2009 on our website
A comprehensive list of rules is available at:
If you have questions please contact the Academy of Human Rights and
Humanitarian Law at 202-274-4070 or via email at
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating
real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and
around the world. It is a member of the International Save the
Children Alliance, comprising 28 national Save the Children
organizations working in more than 110 countries to ensure the
well-being of children.
The history of Save the Children is a story of positive change and
people â" millions of people in thousands of communities around the
globe â" working together to create opportunities for the world's
children to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. In January 1932
in a small room in New York City, a group of concerned citizens
gathered to respond to the needs of the proud people of Appalachia
hard hit by the Great Depression.
The inspiration and vision for Save the Children came in part from the
international children's rights movement begun in England in 1919 by
Eglantyne Jebb, founder of the British Save the Children Fund. From
this early effort in the hills and hollows of Harlan County, Kentucky
grew a self-help philosophy and practice still at work today in more
than 45 countries â" providing communities with a hand up, not a handout.
To learn more about Save the Children visit:
JOB, FELLOWSHIP & VOLUNTEER POSTINGS
THE JOHN SMITH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2009
The John Smith Memorial Trust is currently seeking applications from
potential candidates for its 2009 Fellowship Programme, to take place
in June/July next year.
The aim of the Fellowship is to enable outstanding individuals to
study political, judicial, constitutional and other relative
institutions and procedures in the United Kingdom and to share
experiences of their own institutions in their countries with their
peers and with British hosts and experts. We aim to foster leadership
qualities in an outstanding group of individuals who on the completion
of their Fellowship will return home to apply what they have learnt
from each other and from the people and places they encounter in the
UK. Our common purpose is to foster better relations and understanding
between the Fellowship countries and the UK and between the Fellowship
countries and each other.
Applications for Fellowships are invited from:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
The Trust only accepts applications from these seven countries.
The Trust aims to recruit high-flying and influential young leaders
who will make a substantial impact on the future development of their
countries. The Fellowship Programme is open to political leaders,
government or local government officials, journalists/media experts,
lawyers and influential young leaders from civil society or the NGO
sector. The âidealâ candidate will be aged 25-35, with a track record
of concern for good governance. Good written and spoken English is
Further information about recruitment criteria, application details
and deadlines can be obtained from the Trustâs website:
WOMENâS LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIIP PROGRAM
Georgetown University Law Center is inviting applications for its
Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) and to the
Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program.
For more information, please access www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp.
The application deadline for WLPPFP, which is for lawyers from the
United States, is Friday, October 31. The deadline for the LAWA
Program, which is for lawyers from countries throughout Africa, is
Friday, September 26. You may also contact Julia Ernst, the Programâs
Executive Director, at 202-662-9644.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR).
JHR is hiring two Radio Journalism Trainers to work with JHR in
Monrovia, Liberia for 8 months.
Trainersâ work will vary, but will be focused on working with JHRâs
Liberian media partners to build the capacity of the Liberian media to
report more effectively on good governance and human rights issues.
Activities will include daily on-the-job training, informal seminars
and more formal workshops. A full-time program coordinator in Monrovia
will manage the trainersâ work.
The position will begin in early November 2008. It requires
significant radio journalism experience and the ability to train
people in a cross-cultural environment.
For additional information and details on how to apply, please visit:
This November, JHR is launching a five-year project in Liberia, in
partnership with the Liberia Media Centre and funded by DFID. Selected
trainers will be helping JHR start what will be the one of the most
significant media development projects in Liberia. It is an exciting
opportunity for a radio journalist to put their skills to use in a
most productive way.
NATIONAL SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
SCHOOL OF LAW
The University of Texas School of Law invites applications for the
position of Director of the National Security & Human Rights (NSHR)
Clinic, a full-time position beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year
or as early as spring 2009, depending on the applicantâs availability.
Recognizing the rapidly-growing area of national security law, the
NSHR Clinic was officially established in 2007 to provide students at
UT Law the opportunity to grapple with the contemporary and complex
body of law arising from the âwar on terrorism.â The NSHR Clinicâs
docket includes both cases and projects that address a range of legal
issues, including âmaterial support for terrorism,â financial privacy,
due process and privacy under the Constitution, international human
rights law, and humanitarian law (both U.S. military law and
international laws of war). The Clinic works on cases and projects by
engaging in the direct representation of individuals detained at
Guantanamo Bay, working with co-counsel (e.g., law firms, NGOâs), and
collaborating with Clinic âPartnersâ (e.g., JAG attorneys, NGOâs,
Students in the NSHR Clinic typically attend class one to two times a
week and meet with their âsupervising attorneyâ regarding their
assigned cases and/or projects. In addition to working on their cases
and/projects, the students also engage in simulation exercises, such
as mock client interviews and moot oral arguments. The Clinic is
currently staffed with only the Director position, but other UT law
faculty often participate in Clinic activities and assist in the
supervision of students on their casework.
The Director will be a member of the clinical faculty at UT Law. This
is a non-tenure track position with a presumptively renewable
Direct, manage, and run every aspect of a law school clinic
Teach the clinic classroom component
Coordinate and organize the simulation exercises
Arrange cases and/or projects that are suitable for students in a one
Develop and maintain client, co-counsel, and partnership relationships
Supervise students in their case and project load
Public relations on behalf of the Clinic and/or clients
J.D. degree, and admission to District of Columbia is strongly
preferred or willingness to seek admission to practice before D.C.
federal district and circuit courts
5-8 years experience of litigation in federal court
Background/experience with national security law, constitutional law,
human rights law, and/or humanitarian law
Experience teaching (clinic preferred) and supervising students or
Experience or familiarity with running a law practice
Secret security clearance is preferred or willingness to apply for one
Willingness to travel to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to meet with clients
How to Apply
Please mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three
references to Kristine Huskey, Director of the National Security &
Human Rights Clinic, 727 E. Dean Keeton Blvd., Austin, TX 78705,
khuskey@.... The University of Texas School of Law is an
equal opportunity employer.
Peace Program Coordinator
Location: Field Office
Last Date: September 22, 2008
Senior Advocacy Officer (LAC) â" conflict, governance and human rights
Location: London, UK
Last Date: September 23, 2008
Country Director, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location: Bukavu, DRC
Last Date: September 30, 2008
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC)
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Last Date: September 30, 2008
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Last Date: September 30, 2008
Director - Human Rights Programs
Vital Voices Global Partnership
Location: Washington DC, USA
Last Date: October 1, 2008
Location: Peru and Colombia
Last Date: October 2, 2008
SOURCE: See more jobs at: http://www.DevNetJobs.org or by sending a
blank email to:
EDUCATIONAL COURSES & CONFERENCES
American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights
and Humanitarian Law and The National Institute of Military Justice
Boumediene v. Bush and the Future of US Detention Policy
On June 12, 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that Lakhdar Boumediene,
a Guantanamo Bay detainee, has a right to habeas corpus under the US
Constitution. What does this decision mean for other detainees at
Guantanamo petitioning for a writ of habeas corpus? How will this
affect US detention policy? Where do the current presidential
candidates stand on this issue?
Join the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the National
Institute of Military Justice for an analysis of the Courtâs decision
with noted experts in the field. Lunch will be served.
Tuesday, September 23
American University Washington College of Law (WCL) Room 101
Eugene R. Fidell, President, National Institute of Military Justice
Richard Samp, Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation
Stephen Vladeck, Professor, Washington College of Law
Richard Wilson, Professor, Washington College of Law
WCL is located at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
For more information about this and other upcoming events, please
visit the Centerâs website at http://www.WCLCenterforHR.org or NIMJ at
NATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE ON CIVIL LEGAL REMEDIES FOR VICTIMS OF
October 2-3, 2008
Presented by the American Bar Associationâs Commission on Domestic
Violence, Commission on Immigration, Rule of Law Initiative, Center
for Pro Bono, Commission on Youth At Risk, Section of Individual
Rights and Responsibilities and Center for Human Rights.
Victims of human trafficking have many civil legal needs, including
the need to access the legal system for safety, to obtain or secure
income and to address immigration-related issues. Victims of
trafficking often have unique legal issues and distinct legal remedies
available to them that are not necessarily available to victims of
other crimes, such as access to specific visas, public benefits, or
forms of remuneration. It is crucial that human trafficking victims
are able to have access to justice through these distinct remedies
General Registration Fee: $175
Non-Profit Staff Attorney Registration Fee: $75
Deadline for discounted hotel rate: Sept. 5, 2008
Deadline for general registration: Sept. 17, 2008
Limited stipends for partial reimbursements are available courtesy of
LexisNexis. If you would like to apply for a stipend, please contact
Amanda Kloer at kloera@... with a brief statement of need
and proof of tax exempt status. Limit one applicant per organization.
Deadline for stipend applications 8/29/08.
Registration fees are used to defray the costs of the training and do
not generate profit for the ABA.
For more information, please contact Amanda Kloer, Project Coordinator
at kloera@... or call (202) 662-1697.
SCIENCE SERVING HUMAN RIGHTS: MAKING IT HAPPEN
October 23, 2008
3:00 â" 5:30 pm
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
We are delighted to announce an upcoming event that will highlight
what has been accomplished by teams of scientists and human rights
practitioners working together. Featuring a conversation with three
such teams, we will hear from both perspectives about the challenges
and opportunities presented by such partnerships, and what
collaborations of this sort can achieve.
For more information visit:
You are invited to the . . .
5th INTERNATIONAL âHERBERT ANAYAâ HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
On October 26, 1987, Herbert Anaya, a human rights lawyer, was
assassinated - gunned down in front of his home in San Salvador, in
front of his children. 2008 is the 5th year that family members and
other courageous Salvadorans have organized a Human Rights Forum to
honour the life and work of Herbert Anaya, and to promote and defend
the human rights of all Salvadorans.
2008 Theme: âYOUTH & THE STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE PEACE WITH JUSTICE,
TRUTH AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTSâ
WHERE: San Salvador
WHEN: October 23-26, 2008
FOR INFORMATION: Rosa Anaya, congreso.ddhh.anaya@...,
2008 California Crimes and Immigration Seminar
IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES AND POST-CONVICTION RELIEF IN CALIFORNIA
Presented by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the Law Office of
San Francisco, CA
October 25, 2008
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Rooms 5310 & 2202
9:00 am â" 5:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA
November 8, 2008
UCLA School of Law
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Rooms 1447 & 1457
9:00 am â" 5:00 pm
A day-long seminar on defending non-citizens for immigration and
Separate easy-to-understand, simplified morning session for criminal
Separate morning session for immigration lawyers on relief in
Joint session for both immigration and criminal lawyers on obtaining
post-conviction relief to erase convictions and the immigration
consequences of criminal convictions.
CLE information: This activity conforms to the standards of approved
education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the
State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education
for 6.25 hours of credit.
Questions? Please call our office at (510) 601-1300
Fax Registration Form to: (510) 595-6772
Address: Law Offices of Norton Tooby, 6333 Telegraph Ave. #200,
Oakland, CA 94609
Register online: www.NortonTooby.com
HUMAN RIGHTS FIELDWORK - Principles, Strategies and Skills
Date: Sunday 26th October - Sunday 2 November 2008
Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
The Training Programme will explore the principles underpinning
effective human rights fieldwork, enhance the skills of participants
needed to carry this out safely before/during/after armed conflict,
ensure that human rights fieldwork is relevant, effective,
sustainable, participatory and accountable, raise participants'
self-awareness of skills required to undertake international human
rights fieldwork. The training programme is intended for development
and humanitarian aid workers, civilian/military peace-keepers, NGO and
IGO field staff.
Overview of Training Programme:
- Evolution of international human rights law & mechanisms relevant to
human rights fieldwork
- The full cycle of human rights monitoring from information gathering
to stimulating sustainable progress in conflict/post-conflict environments
- Case studies for monitoring the full spectrum of civil, political,
economic, social and cultural rights
- Interviewing and reporting techniques
- Applying development programming to human rights fieldwork
- Working with field partners, co-operating and building relationships
- Personal preparedness including, safety/security, stress/trauma etc
- Simulation of core field challenges, such as intercultural
sensitivities, teamwork, leadership etc. .
For an application form and information on all IHRN Training
programmes see http://www.ihrnetwork.org/2007-08-programmes.htm
30th International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP)
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QuÃ©bec, Canada, June 14 â" July 3rd, 2009
We are delighted to provide details about our next annual
International Human Rights Training Program. We are looking forward to
another inspiring three-week program and the opportunity to meet more
than 120 participants from around 60 different countries.
We are inviting you to forward the Application Form, Program
Information and Memorandum of Agreement to your international network
of human rights activists and encourage organizations who you think
could benefit from the program to apply. It is also a good opportunity
to share with your network your personal experience at the IHRTP. We
always appreciate recommendations from people who have experienced the
All forms and background information can be found at:
IHRTP is intended for human rights workers and educators from
non-governmental organizations, National Human Rights Institutions,
government bodies and educational institutions. The goal of the IHRTP
is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations to
undertake human rights education efforts aimed at building a global
culture of human rights. The curriculum is based on principles of
adult experiential learning in which participants and facilitators
engage in a process of mutual teaching and learning. The Program
Information provides a detailed description of the Program.
Please note that the deadline for receiving international applications
is November 21st, 2008 and that only the 2008 Application Forms will
be accepted. The application form for Canadian applicants will be sent
in a few weeks.
Should you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to
contact the IHRTP Team at ihrtp-pifdh@...
POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP COURSE: Transparency, Accountability and the
Fight against Corruption
We are pleased to send you information about the Postgraduate
Fellowship Course on Transparency, Accountability and the Fight
against Corruption (Diploma de PostÃtulo en Transparencia,
Accountability y Lucha contra la CorrupciÃ³n), organized for the second
year running by the Human Rights Center (Centro de Derechos Humanos â"
CDH) of the University of Chileâs Law School. This capacity-building
program, which will take place from 9 March to 24 July 2009, will
combine online teaching (17 weeks) with classroom-based teaching and
other academic activities (two weeks at the beginning and one week at
the end of the course), in Santiago de Chile.
The program, designed to train Latin American professionals working in
the public sector, the private sector, civil society organizations and
the international arena, will provide participants with an important
theoretical foundation of fundamental concepts in this field. They
will study the principal areas and problems corruption presents to
establishing a well-functioning democracy and to the exercise of
fundamental rights. Likewise, they will examine the various
strategies that have been developed, not only to eliminate this
phenomenon, but also to build democratic societies that are more
transparent, just, participatory, and respectful of human rights.
The program will offer a limited number of scholarships.
We would like to ask for your help in disseminating this information
through American Bar association Human Rights committee. By airmail we
are sending you some posters and leaflets regarding the course. In
addition, it would be of great help if you could announce the course
on your organizationâs website, and create a direct link to
www.transparenciacdh.uchile.cl/docencia/ where detailed information
may be found. We are attaching a brief description of the
Postgraduate Fellowship Course.
HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS
NICARAGUAN PRIEST TAKING TOP U.N. POST
By Richard Boudreaux, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 16, 2008
UNITED NATIONS -- Father Miguel d'Escoto stopped saying Mass 23 years
ago when the Vatican suspended his priestly functions for refusing to
quit Nicaragua's revolutionary government. But he never stopped preaching.
From university lecterns, slum soup kitchens and diplomatic forums, he
has voiced moral wrath over the plight of the poor and the might of
wealthy nations, particularly the United States.
Today he is being promoted to a far bigger pulpit: the presidency of
the United Nations General Assembly.
Thanks to quirky election rules that gave U.S. diplomats limited means
to block him, the man guiding the 192-nation assembly's debates and
resolutions for the coming year will be a sharp-tongued cleric who
once called Ronald Reagan a "butcher," President Bush a liar and both
men threats to international security.
But his sermons these days convey a mixed message. After decades of
rhetorical combat, the 75-year-old priest is trying to adjust to a
more diplomatic role.
Since his election in June, he has taken oblique swipes at American
policy while promising not to use his new position to bash it head-on.
Without naming culprits, he railed in his acceptance speech against
"acts of aggression, such as those occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan."
But the same speech warned U.N. member states against "futile
"Look, the world is in a very lamentable state," D'Escoto said in an
interview last week. He cited global food shortages, climate change,
human rights abuses, and weapons purchases that drain resources from
efforts to fight poverty.
"Things have to change," he said. "If we are going to move in a
different direction, it's absolutely important that we not go with an
attitude that others are to blame. We must work together."
Asked how that squared with his recent jabs at Washington, he replied:
"Reconciliation is not compatible with killing my brother. It means
forget past misgivings, but from now on it stops, that behavior.
Aggression is the worst imaginable act of terrorism. Do you know how
many people have died in Iraq because of the aggression and occupation
Read the full story at:
UN: BRAZIL POLICE LINKED TO 1 IN 5 RIO MURDERS
By BRADLEY BROOKS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Brazilian police carried out a "significant
proportion" of the 48,000 murders that swept Brazil last year,
according to a U.N. report released Monday, casting doubt on the
government's ability to curtail drug violence and reign in vigilante
The report by U.N. special envoy on extra-judicial killings Philip
Alston said police murder three people a day on average in Rio de
Janeiro, making them responsible for one in five killings in the city,
which is plagued by drug-gang violence and roving militias of off-duty
Rio de Janeiro State Security Chief Jose Beltrame dismissed the
findings, saying Alston spent less than two weeks in Brazil and did
not fully understand what was happening.
"He is a person who comes from Australia ... (and) came up with a
shortsighted report of police operations," Beltrame said. "I want him
to prove it."
The U.N. report found that police are rarely punished for their
involvement and many Brazilians are resigned to the violence, seeing
no other way to fight the drug gangs that rule the slums.
Alston toured some of Brazil's most crime-ridden areas in November,
gathering statistics from the government, police and NGOs, and
interviewing local commanders, top ministers, activists and more than
forty witnesses to police abuses. He presented his findings to the
U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
Read the full story at:
IS THIS 21st-CENTURY APARTHEID?
The segregation and abuse of the low-caste Dalit people is a stain on
India's reputation, but a militant fightback is under way
Wednesday September 17 2008
Eight people were convicted on Monday of the murder of four members of
a lower-caste Dalit family in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
A Dalit farmer's wife, daughter and two sons were lynched and beaten
to death by an upper-caste mob in a land dispute in 2006. The women
were also raped.
What is unusual about this case is that the perpetrators were
successfully prosecuted. Normally, the killers of Dalits walk free.
One reason why the murderers have been bought to justice is the rising
tide of Dalit militancy. There has been a wave of mass demonstrations
by Dalit people demanding justice and equal treatment. Newly confident
and organised, the Dalits are fighting back with strikes and boycotts.
Shaken by this burgeoning protest movement, some Indian authorities
are finally being pushed and pressured into action, albeit slowly and
About time too. India's 170 million Dalit people, formerly known as
"untouchables," are at the bottom of the Hindu caste system. They are
victims of the most extreme form of caste discrimination. It is, in
many ways, analogous to racism. By virtue of their birth into a Dalit
family and community, they are condemned forever to a life of social
stigma, exclusion and victimisation.
Human Rights Watch has condemned India's abuse of its Dalit people as
a "hidden apartheid," comparable to the institutional discrimination
of pre-democratic South Africa.
Read the full story at:
UN WONâT MEET TARGET FOR PEACEKEEPERS IN DARFUR
By EDITH M. LEDERER
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
UNITED NATIONS -- Only half of the 26,000 peacekeepers authorized for
Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region will be deployed by the end of
the year, far below the 80 percent target, the U.N. peacekeeping chief
Alain Le Roy, a French diplomat who just took over the post, confirmed
a report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late last month that it will
take many more months to get the joint United Nations-African Union
force on the ground.
The joint mission took over peacekeeping duties in Darfur from a
beleaguered 7,000-strong AU force last January. As of July 31, it had
just over 8,100 military personnel and fewer than 1,900 police
officers on the ground, out of the 26,000 planned.
Nigerian Gen. Martin Agwai, commander of the peacekeeping force, known
as UNAMID, said in June that he expected to have a total of 13,000 in
three or four months. He expressed optimism that 80 percent of the
authorized force could be deployed by Dec. 31 - and so did Ban.
But at his first news conference Wednesday, Le Roy told reporters, "I
think 80 percent sadly has been, as far as I know so far, a bit
He said he expected an additional 3,000 soldiers and police to join
the force by the end of November, primarily from Ethiopia and Egypt.
"But my guess is that the Thai and Nepalese battalions who are due to
come will not come by the end of the year," Le Roy said. "They will
come a bit later."
He said the delay stemmed from the "lack of clarity of the answer from
the Sudanese authorities in the last month" about the deployment of
the contingents from Thailand and Nepal.
"They were prepared, but there was some hesitation, so they now have
to prepare again and to order all the equipment," Le Roy said.
Read the full story at:
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