Sudan: Darfur

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:00 am on 20th May 2004.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 11:00 am, 20th May 2004

My Lords, given what the Minister has just said, the description used by the United Nations of Darfur being the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and the Swedish Government's description of what is happening in Darfur—where there are mass executions, the burning of villages and the destruction of food supplies—as genocide, when will Her Majesty's Government raise this issue by way of resolution in the United Nations Security Council in an endeavour to bring together an international campaign to hold the Sudanese Government to account? What has to happen to change the passive role we have taken so far of merely monitoring the situation? Are we not in grave danger of making the same mistakes that we made at the time of the genocide in Rwanda?