Ontario Young Liberals on Darfur

The Ontario Young Liberals (OYL) have just sent us their resolution on Darfur. A big presence at many Stand fundraisers and gatherings, the OYL deserve a big ol' thanks for their constant support and encouragement of Stand. Please read below:

A Policy to End the Atrocities in Darfur

Submitted by Terry Chemij, Etobicoke Centre Federal Young Liberals

WHEREAS reports suggest approximately 400,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict in Darfur;

WHEREAS approximately 2.5 million people are displaced in Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic in refugee and internally displaced persons camps (IDP);

WHEREAS life in the IDP and refugee camps is decrepit due to a lack of basic life necessities, sporadic attacks from the Janjaweed, and an overall lack of security;

WHEREAS violence against women, including acts of sexual assault and rape are commonly used as a tool of war within the camps and in Darfur;

WHEREAS the severely under equipped African Union (AU) troops have been unable to control the violence, or protect the people of Darfur and international humanitarian workers; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the OYL urge the Canadian Government to contribute military and or civilian personnel to facilitate the essential operational policies of UNAMID to ensure an efficient and effective peacekeeping mission.