A Program on the Crisis in Darfur

A Program on the Crisis in Darfur 

Sunday, December 12, 2004
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Washington University School of Law
Anheuser-Busch Hall - Room 310

The U.S. has determined that the "conflict between the Government of Sudan and two rebel groups that began in 2003 has precipitated the worst humanitarian and human rights crisis in the world today." Secretary Colin
L. Powell, has stated that "genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the Government of Sudan and the jinjaweid bear responsibility. Too many lives have already been lost. We cannot lose any more time."

The Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values along with Amnesty International, the Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the St. Louis American, the Urban League of St. Louis, and the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies at Washington University School of Law invite you to attend:

The program is free and the public is welcome. For further information contact:

The Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values
Washington University, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Phone: 314-935-9358  

Panelists 

Ruth Iyob, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Research Fellow
Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Director of the Africa Program, International Peace Academy

Victor T. Le Vine, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Washington University

Leila Nadya Sadat, J.D.
Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law
Washington University School of Law

Kathy Ward
Deputy Director
International Crisis Group, Washington, D.C.

Moderator 

William J. Ross, M.D.
Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Diversity
Washington University School of Medicine

Sponsoring Organizations 

  • Amnesty InternationalCenter for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis 

  • Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Washington University 

  • Jewish Community Relations Council 

  • St. Louis American 

  • Urban League of St. Louis 

  • Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Students, Washington University School of Law 

Cooperating Organizations Include: 

  • African Mutual Assistance Association of Missouri

  • American Friends Service Committee

  • American Red Cross

  • American Jewish Committee

  • Anti-Defamation League

  • Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, Webster University

  • Eliot Unitarian Chapel Social Justice Council

  • Ethical Society of St. Louis

  • Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

  • John Burroughs High School, Social Action Committee

  • Missouri Zen Center

  • Manos Unidas

  • Rabbinical Association

  • Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Louis

  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, Office of Justice

Directions to “A Program on the Crisis in Darfur” 

Washington University School of Law is located on the University’s Hilltop Campus. The Hilltop Campus may be approached from Skinker Boulevard to the east and Big Bend Boulevard to the west.

You may reach the law school by turning off Forsyth Boulevard onto Olympian Way and heading north. The Washington University School of Law in Anheuser-Busch Hall will be directly in front of you.

Excerpts from the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, andthe Labor and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 

State Publication 11182, 9/2004. 

“The conflict between the Government of Sudan and two rebel groups that began in 2003 has precipitated the worst humanitarian and human rights crisis in the world today. A U.S. Government project to conduct systematic interviews of Sudanese refugees in Chad reveals a consistent and wide spread pattern of atrocities…Sixty-one percent of the respondents witnessed the killing of a family member, 16 percent said they had been raped or heard about a rape from a victim.” 

Secretary Colin L. Powell, Excerpts from remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC, September 9, 2004 

“The UN estimates there are 1,227,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Darfur. The totality of the evidence from the interviews we conducted in July and August, and from the other sources available to us, shows that the jinjaweid and Sudanese military forces have committed large-scale acts of violence, including murders, rape and physical assaults on non-Arab individuals; destroyed villages, foodstuffs, and other means of survival; obstructed food, water, medicine, and other humanitarian aid from reaching affected populations, thereby leading to further deaths and suffering; and despite having been put on notice multiple times, Khartoum has failed to stop the violence. 

When we reviewed the evidence compiled by our team, along with other information available to the State Department, we concluded that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the Government of Sudan and the jinjaweid bear responsibility. Too many lives have already been lost. We cannot lose any more time. We in the international community must intensify our efforts to help those imperiled by violence, starvation and disease in Darfur.” 

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