UN Peacekeeping Ripped by Ramsey
Clark and Congo Doctor, Even HRW's Roth
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 10 -- An unlikely pairing
of Ramsey Clark and Ken Roth, the director of Human Rights Watch, both
UN Peacekeeping on Wednesday, as they both collected the UN Prize in
of Human Rights. Inner City Press asked Roth and another prize winner,
Mukwege who repairs raped women in Eastern Congo, about Western powers'
indecision over whether to send peacekeepers there. Doctor Mukwege said
currently there should have been able to stop the abuses of the 6,000
Interhamwe in the area, but have not.
Press asked Ramsey Clark for his views on more aggressive UN
the Congo and Darfur. Clark replied by describing the UN Mission in
MINUSTAH, as soldiers from 15 countries who do not coordinate with each
or with UN headquarters in New York.
did not answer Inner City Press'
question if he would represent Sudanese president Omar al Bashir if he
indicted, he said that five million people have died in the Congo due
lack of interest of Western powers, who nevertheless focus on what
the 200,000 dead in Darfur in Sudan. To
some, this sounded like an answer, to others, an offer of
Ramsey Clark takes human rights prize from
UN's Brockmann, Srebrenica not shown
Wednesday at the Nigerian Mission, that country's Permanent
Ogwu said that she hopes that no arrest warrant is issued for Bashir,
described as acting better, "much better," of late. Asked if Nigeria
would enforce an arrest warrant, she did not give a direct answer.
Roth in his opening remarks about the Congo criticized what he called
countries best equipped to go into the Kivus: France, the UK and
City Press asked why he had not even bothered to mention the U.S. Roth agreed, saying it is sad one does not
even think of the U.S. for peacekeeping any more. He said that among
victims of the war in Iraq are people left unprotected in Sudan, the
Somalia. This implies that the U.S. would have participated in those UN
Missions but for occupying Iraq and Afghanistan.
But as left
unaddressed by Madeleine Albright earlier this week, the U.S. did not
Rwanda during the 1994 genocide either. It goes back to the "Black
Down" incident in Somalia. Ramsey Clark's views on that were not
at press time.
Footnote: As Inner
City Press first exclusively
reported on October 26, Ramsey Clark was selected earlier this year
by General Assembly
President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann as one of his 15 special advisors. His spokesman was asked on Wednesday why
Clark hadn't earlier gotten this UN prize. Inner City Press asked if
Brockmann's presidency this year had anything to do with the award.
Could it be
only a coincidence?
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