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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Darfuri Refugee Buys Anti-Genocide Pledge

LONDON - Darfuri refugee Amir Sohail has won an auction for an original certified copy of the UN Genocide Convention of 1948.

The copy of the pledge, auctioned by Christie's for GBP 14,000, contains long-forgotten phrases such as "Any Contracting Party may call upon the competent organs of the United Nations to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide" and "The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish."

Mr. Sohail says that he bought the copy, believed to be the copy given to Cuba upon their signature of the original in 1949, mostly for ironic reasons. "There is a certain humorous element in owning a copy of the Genocide Convention, when I come from a country where genocide is happening right now.

"I'm going to frame it and put it on the wall in my games room, right next to my Kofi Annan dartboard and my 'Worthless Papers of the United Nations' novelty toilet paper."

Mr. Sohail is dismayed by the fact that little has been done to stop the slaughter, even though the US Congress has described what is happening as 'genocide'. "I only hope that there are some of us left by the time the UN gets around to doing something about the slaughter." he said.

The genocide in Sudan, sanctioned by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum and committed against black villagers in the south, has been estimated by a British parliamentary report to have caused 300, 000 deaths and up to 2, 400, 000 refugees.

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