Today, Shannon and I have been on refugee rations for a month. My heart goes out to Shannon today – I just read her blog – Shannon is one of the most articulate and passionate people in this world, working tirelessly to alleviate suffering and restore dignity to people’s lives. All of us ask, “Can we do more?” but we cannot place blame on ourselves – the blame goes to those committing the crimes. All we can do is try different approaches when our rational cries for accountability and peace are ignored. This fast may be a stunt, but it is making news – no longer can we passively collect email signatures or post news on Facebook – we must do more. Shannon is an upstander who truly does more.
There was good news out of the Hague today: Abu Garda, the head of the United Resistance Front faction in Darfur, is heading to the Hague in response to a summons to appear, issued by the ICC. He is going voluntarily. I point now to both the Reuters article as well as a video showing the rebel leaders willingness to support international justice, even if it means they go in front of the ICC: http://sudanwatch.blogspot.com/2009/03/darfur-rebels-vow-full-icc-cooperation.html
I have been thinking a lot about Peter Gabriel’s video as I noted on my last blog. Many many people are deeply disappointed by the cancellation of the Mandate Darfur conference. It was a chance for the civil society community in Darfur to truly be a part of their own future and what should be their peace process.
The world is at a few tipping points that we need to stand behind fully: one is the call for a global justice system, that despite it’s growing pains, is working towards a truly fair system that is also a huge deterrent for committing mass atrocities. The second growing movement is one that civil society and the will of the people are more valued and protected than the notion of sovereignty. We have (as Peter Gabriel says), the UN to represent the governments of the world. What is emerging, what is crying out to emerge, is an ecosystem to represent the peoples of the world – how can we all work to nurture this ecosystem and not simply support it but fiercely defend and actively build it?