Global Rights Group Calls On US To Rethink Policy Toward Sudanese Civil War

Sudan: A Crisis Which Calls For A New Approach
A group of global rights organizations are calling on the US to reexamine its approach to the ongoing civil war between Sudan and South Sudan.

The threat of famine has placed more than seven million people at risk of hunger and disease warns a top U.N. official.

“Now that the rains have set in, conditions in South Sudan are deteriorating by the day: people are literally living in mud. Cholera has broken out, malaria is rampant and many children are malnourished,” said U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, in a recent press conference.

Writing in The Christian Science Monitor, Rachel Flinn of the Enough Project says members of her group have written a public letter calling for an increased focus on accountability, diplomacy, democracy promotion, and humanitarian aid.

“People at risk in Sudan and South Sudan cannot wait any longer for peace. The U.S. must increase its efforts now to reduce the violence and support a comprehensive peace process in both countries,” said David Abramowitz, Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United.

Earlier in June, the group published a paper outlining what it characterized as a “path to peace” in the troubled African nation.

Tensions Heightening Between China, Vietnam
The Middle East is not the only region where tensions between nations are on high. In the South China Sea, China has announced plans to move a second oil rig closer to disputed waters off the Vietnamese coast.

The decision came a day after both sides acknowledged no ground had been gained, but a Chinese official accused the Vietnamese of “hyping up” the crisis.

IHS Senior Consultant for Country Risks Amarjit Singh told CNBC News that one of the potential openings to diffuse the situation could come through trade talks.

“It creates the room for more dialogue and increases the costs if any of the countries try to provoke aggression. The deeper you’re linked economically, the higher the costs of any aggression or threat of aggression,” he said.

China also is stoking other territorial disagreements with other Asian nations by moving sand onto reefs and shoals to add several new islands to the Spratly archipelago, which some believe is a new effort to expand the Chinese footprint in the South China Sea.

“The island-building has alarmed Vietnam, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations that also claim sovereignty over the Spratlys. Since April, the Philippines has filed protests to China against land reclamation at two reefs. This month, the Philippine president, Benigno S. Aquino III, criticized the movements of Chinese ships that he said could be engaged in island-building at two other sites,” reported The New York Times this week.

The recent tensions have led to riots in Vietnam.



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