If you do the crime...

Darfuris, amnesty activists and others in the UK demonstrate outside Downing Street in London on the Global Day for Darfur. © Andreas Engstrom

For more than four years people in that region have suffered some of the worst crimes known to man. Thousands have died, millions have fled their homes and countless others have been butchered, raped or tortured.

Gordon Brown has called the crisis the globe’s ‘greatest humanitarian disaster’ and thousands of people – including myself and other Amnesty supporters – have expressed their anger at the heinous crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur by taking to the streets for three Global Day for Darfur protests (pictured) over the last year and a half.

Sudan’s agreement to back this resolution seems to be great news, but I fear we’ve heard similar noises from that government before. This time they can’t be allowed to back track on its promises as it’s done so many times before and UN troops have to be sent to the region as swiftly as possible.

While on the matter of war crimes, the Independent’s front page today reveals that a 64-year-old man who was a leader during Cambodia’s brutal and bloody Khmer Rouge regime has become the first to be charged with crimes against humanity for the atrocities that took place during that time. ‘Comrade Duch’ – as he’s known - was allegedly responsible for overseeing the interrogations of thousands of people brought to the notorious Tuol Sleng S21 prison. According to some reports, 14000 people died of torture, disease and execution and only seven people who ever went in emerged alive.

Some of you may recall the film about this prison that was out a few years ago. It’s pretty grim and not exactly what my friends and I would call a ‘lemonade’ film, but certainly definitely worth a watch, if you can stomach it.

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