Human Rights

John Morlino’s critique of Darfur activism was the finest presentation of the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Eighth Biennial Conference. His clear approach is a template for helping an audience grasp a tangled and complex issue.” – Geoff Hill, Bureau Chief: East and Southern Africa, The Washington Times

From 2005-2007, John Morlino directed The ETHIC’s Darfur Pledge Campaign — an all-volunteer, grassroots effort to end the genocide in western Sudan. In recognition of his work on Darfur, John was invited to join the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He has spoken about the crisis at numerous venues, including:

* International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Eighth Biennial Conference
* Gandhian Conference on Nonviolence
* International Day of Peace (Washington, DC)
* 20th Annual Maryland United for Peace & Justice Conference

Available presentations include:

Darfur: The Genocide Nobody Really Wanted to Stop: After years in the spotlight as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” the nightmare in Sudan continues. This session offers insight and analysis into the actions (and lack thereof) of those ostensibly trying to stop the violence and identifies lessons learned that could prevent future crimes against humanity.

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ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

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A former child soldier in a rehabilitation program in North Kivu, Africa. (Photo: cyclopsr)

Justifying the Unspeakable (Truthout, November 9, 2010)

The list of dubious choices made by President Obama during his first two years in office is breathtaking in scope. But nothing he has done – not the expansion of the war in Afghanistan, the appointment to his economic team of the men who’d just helped ruin our economy, nor the billion-dollar gift to the heath insurance industry – is as indefensible as his decision to continue military funding to four countries that utilize child soldiers…(Read more)

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Darfur Betrayed, Again (Sudan Tribune, March 16, 2009)

Following years of concerted effort by Darfur supporters, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Shortly after being charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, the now infamous criminal expelled more than a dozen humanitarian aid organizations from western Sudan, leaving an untold number of refugees in even greater peril. Which begs the question: Has Darfur activism done more harm than good?… (Read more)

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Darfur Supporters Have Much to Learn From Tibet Activists (The Peaceworker, November 2008)

Each vowed to have an unyielding presence at the 2008 Olympics – exacting a price from the Chinese government for its flagrant support of a genocidal regime in Africa, as well as its decades-long occupation of Tibet. Yet, by mirroring the international community’s timid response to the ongoing violence in western Sudan, Darfur supporters failed to hold a candle to Tibet protesters at this year’s Summer Games…. (Read more)

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John Morlino’s Radio Interview about the Crisis in Darfur (March 30, 2008)

John Morlino is interviewed on the Clear View radio program (“Where the local and the global come into focus”) by veteran broadcaster, Zohara Hieronimus. 24 minutes (the first two segments of the hour). (Listen here)

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Darfur Supporters’ Actions Looking More Like Willful Neglect (San Francisco Chronicle, August 19, 2007)

“The best article on Darfur anybody has written in a long time. A superb analysis.” – Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President of Genocide Watch

Actor and activist Don Cheadle pulled no punches in February, when he addressed members of a Senate subcommittee about the genocide in Darfur: “But if, after all of the committee meetings and brainstorming sessions and discussions and plans about how and when to act, we still find ourselves unwilling to embark on real solutions, then we must cease and desist with all the tough talk. Please, no more mention of no-fly zones and possible NATO intervention forces. Refrain from using the word ‘genocide’ that demands our government respond as put forth by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, an agreement of which we are a signatory….” (Read more)

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Plea to Bush: Stop the genocide (Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 2007)

Dear President Bush: Shortly after taking office, you vowed not to allow another “Rwanda” to take place during your term. Later, when the systematic annihilation of a people began in Darfur, you were the first world leader to call it by its rightful name: genocide. … (Read more)

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What’s a little genocide among friends? Try western Sudan (San Francisco Chronicle, November 26, 2006)

You have got to hand it to Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir, president of Sudan and the orchestrator of the nightmare in his country’s Darfur region. Despite the handicap of having to implement his master plan of killing under the glaring spotlight on the world’s stage, he has not missed a beat. Rather, his implementation of the carnage in western Sudan will likely serve for years to come as a blueprint for the perfect genocide…. (Read more)

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Darfur Activists Are Much Too Polite About Genocide (San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2006)

Public awareness of the nightmare of genocide in western Sudan is at an all-time high. From Washington to Hollywood, Darfur has become the fashionable topic of conversation. Yet, despite a sea of green wristbands, supplemented by celebrity attention; despite a flood of “never again” pronouncements, supported by congressional bills and amendments; despite various sanctions and resolutions proposed by the United Nations, the systematic annihilation of a people continues…. (Read more)

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Saving ‘lucky ones’ in Darfur (Orlando Sentinel, May 30, 2006)

Imagine you are the captain of a hostage negotiation team. Three weeks into a standoff, you know that some of the captives are still alive. Half of them are children, and with little food or water, they’re growing weaker by the moment. Having survived unspeakable torture, one might say that they are the lucky ones — because they are not dead — yet. … (Read more)

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Genocide Is Not Negotiable (Washington Examiner, February 10, 2006)

Humanitarian aid notwithstanding, the international community has done little more than watch while the Sudanese military and its government-sponsored militias have killed 400,000 people and violently displaced 2 million more in Darfur. On top of this nightmare, women and young girls who have, thus far, survived continue to face the terrifying prospect of rape whenever they leave their refugee camps in search of firewood or water…. (Read more)

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A Call to Action: Help End the Genocide in Darfur (Satya magazine, October 2005)

“I applaud The ETHIC’s Darfur Pledge campaign for having the courage to call for what is truly necessary: a dramatic increase in the number of peacekeepers deployed in Darfur — to stop the cycle of violence, allow for effective humanitarian aid and create the conditions necessary for a meaningful peace agreement.” – Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem from Hell”: America & the Age of Genocide

The question sent chills down my spine: “Were they less human?” It was a question posed by Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire as he described the profound horror of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which left over 800,000 dead in a matter of weeks. Dallaire, leader of a small United Nations peace-keeping force, made a heroic attempt to warn of the impending massacre. Tragically, his plea went ignored. As was the case with the Holocaust, Cambodia and Bosnia, many have since apologized for not intervening and have forcefully proclaimed: “Never again.” Yet now, with the memory of Rwanda still fresh in our conscience, it is happening again—and the world continues to look away…. (Read more)

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