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Title:Resolving African crises: leadership role for African States and the African Union in Darfur
Author:Kalu, Kelechi A.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:civil wars
foreign intervention
African Union
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcresolving-african-crises/
Abstract:This article examines the intersections between politics and economic development issues in the violence-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan. In particular, it analyses the constraints facing the United Nations, the African Union, and other international actors in helping to bring the violence to an end. Within the context of the responsibility to protect argument and the African Union's desire to protect citizens against government violence in Africa, the question is: does the AU have the capability to protect citizens against government violence? Focusing on Darfur, the article offers a strategic vision for reducing and hopefully ending human rights violations that have ravaged much of sub-Saharan Africa. The author argues that in order for the UN and the AU to fully protect citizens against government-sponsored violence, the self-empowerment of African States, regional African organizations, NGOs, citizens and the African Union must be recognized as the first lines of defence against government and government-sponsored atrocities against citizens. The article concludes with recommendations for ending the violence in Darfur. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]