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January 30, 2007

The African Union

Finally the African Union appears to be showing a little spine:

The Sudanese regime suffered diplomatic humiliation yesterday when the African Union refused to appoint its military dictator as its chairman.

The union, which includes all 53 countries on the continent, protested over the bloodshed in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur by rejecting President Omar al-Bashir's bid to assume its rotating chairmanship.

Sudan had been promised this accolade when it hosted a summit of African leaders last year. Had he succeeded, Mr Bashir, who seized power in a coup in 1989 and played host to Osama bin Laden for five years in the 1990s, would have become the most prominent leader in Africa.

Given that the African Union is the only outside military force in Darfur that would have been putting the fox in charge of the hen coop.

OK, great, so, when do those who don't uphold the UN's Declaration of Human Rights get thrown out of that organisation?

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[OK, great, so, when do those who don't uphold the UN's Declaration of Human Rights get thrown out of that organisation? ]

When the UN decides to stop being a general, all-inclusive body of nation states and effectively allow an opt-out from all of its treaties to precisely those countries that it most needs to have influence over.

In other words, when we all go mad, or when it is decided that the global peace would better be served by having all the decisions about human rights enforcement taken by a coalition of the USA, UK and Australia. I have to point out that this option does not appear to be putting together a fantastic track record.

Posted by: dsquared | Jan 30, 2007 2:19:38 PM