On Monday, the BBC’s Panorama programme accused that China had sent military trucks to Sudan to fuel the conflict in Darfur, suggesting that China violated a 2005 UN ban on arms to Darfur. The UN embargo in question requires foreign nations to take measures to ensure they do not militarily assist anyone in the conflict in Darfur. However, Sudan government is not on the list of the UN embargo. A UN report claims that a large proportion of the weapons used by the armed groups were originally captured from poorly secured government stockpiles.
A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report, issued in March 2008, said China accounted for only 8 percent of Sudan’s arms imports from 2003 to 2007. In fact, US, Russia and UK were the biggest arms exporters to developing countries including Sudan, and they far outweighed China’s in terms of both quantity and quality. A minister from one African country had revealed that arms supplied by the West to the rebels in Darfur were dragging out the conflict.
On the same day, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest for Sudanese President Omar Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur creates both big opportunities and big risks for peace in Sudan.
Today’s NPR Fresh Air program interviews journalist Jane Mayer about her new book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals. The Dark Side exposes a secret report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross that described some CIA interrogation techniques as torture. The report allows the possibility of criminal prosecution of Bush officials, including Cheney and Bush.
BBC has proven itself as a strong biased media on its coverage of the Sudan issue. I am waiting for ICC to prove itself as nothing for humanity but a delegate of the Jungle Rules.