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Action Needed on Darfur

30 April, 2007

Sinn Féin Equality and Human rights spokesperson, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said more has to be done to end the ongoing genocide that is taking place in Darfur, Sudan.

Ms Anderson said:

"On Sunday tens of thousands of people marched on the streets of thirty-five of the world's capital cities to mark a global day of action about the conflict in the Sudan. It is estimated that over 200,000 people have been killed in the very bloody four-year conflict that is taking place there. There is more than two million people are living in camps after fleeing fighting in the region.

"It is clear that the international community needs to be doing more to end this terrible conflict. To a certain extent Darfur has been one of the most forgotten conflicts of recent times. The British and Irish governments need to be to the fore in redressing those trends The huge political and media interest on the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan pushed the situation in Darfur to the margins.

"Too often in recent years governments have violated human rights while the world stands by. The usual platitudes of shock and horror, and concern have been made but no action taken to challenge the governments involved that mindset needs to change.

"I want to commend the work that has taken place thus far to bring an end to the conflict in Sudan and call for an end to attacks upon civilians and humanitarian workers in the region." ENDS

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