OTTAWA – Activists from the Canadian Jewish Congress and several other groups lobbied MPs and senators Thursday, urging stronger Canadian action on the issue of Darfur.
They want lawmakers to increase pressure on Sudan to end attacks on civilians in Darfur, and hold free elections and a referendum on secession of the southern part of the country.A "unified genocide committee"--yeah, that should make all the difference.
They also would like to see Canada offer greater support for the UN mission in the troubled African country.
Benjamin Shinewald, national executive director of the congress, said that doesn’t mean Canadian troops.
”We are focusing today on resources such as transport units, a hospital, medical facilities, utility helicopters and that kind of stuff,” he said.
The delegates also prodded MPs to set up a sub-committee on genocide and crimes against humanity to monitor troubled areas around the world and keep Parliament informed.
As things stand, Shinewald said, vital issues can fall between the cracks of the committee system.
”It can fall to this committee or that committee, it can fall to Foreign Affairs, it can fall to Defence, it can fall to CIDA, it can fall elsewhere,” he said.
”By unifying genocide and crimes against humanity in one committee, it will create an accountability for parliamentarians and the government of Canada to ensure that we take all the steps we can . . . to end ongoing genocides.”...
Update: Ceej honcho BMF (who, for obvious reasons, doesn't read Mark Steyn unless his name happens to be mentioned) tweets about an Obama "achievement":
Obama Signs Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act http://tinyurl.com/367ax9 Tamara Pearl (pictured) is an officer of CJC Pacific Region