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10.16.2009

this & that

Here's to a life very well-lived.

2 Comments:

Blogger Majority said...

Philip G. Alston is a prominent international law scholar and human rights practitioner.

He just came back after a eleven day (so long !) mission along DRC: here you can find a summary report of his findings.

In only 4 years he managed to visit a good number of peaceful countries (Nigeria, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Guatemala, Lebanon and Israel, The Central African Republic, Brazil, Afghanistan, the USA, Kenya, and Colombia) as a UN's Special Rapporteur.

I really do believe this kind of missions are necessary and unavoidable: most of the decisions and policies normally start from these reports.

Anyway I can't understand exactly why there is a need to send a Special Rapporteur to certify that in Congo things are getting worst.

I hope he could produce better suggestion rather than this one :

"Men dressed anonymously in off-the-rack green military uniforms, lacking any identifying insignia, use brutality and the power of their position to prevail over the law in the Congo," he added. "The Government doesn’t even know how many soldiers it has. Even a change as simple as requiring soldiers to wear uniforms that identify their name and unit would go a long way to combating impunity."

Does anyone think that abducted child or raped woman will carefully take note of name, surname, unit of his/her aggressor ?

Friday, October 16, 2009 7:39:00 AM

 
OpenID awesomeave said...

"Does anyone think that abducted child or raped woman will carefully take note of name, surname, unit of his/her aggressor ?"

Maybe the thinking is, with their name clear and identifiable on their uniform, it would give them pause. If there's the chance you could get "caught", maybe then you won't act.

And maybe the raped woman/abducted child would take note. Some would, some wouldn't.

I'm not a scholar on the issue at all, I'm not a scholar in any way at all, but that's just my thought.

Emily

Friday, October 16, 2009 1:38:00 PM

 

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