- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Amnesty International airs Darfur atrocities

LONDON — In an annual report published yesterday, Amnesty International criticized Sudan for failing to disarm Janjaweed militias and for not investigating complaints of atrocities in Darfur.

“A government promise to disarm the Janjaweed was broken, as it had been after numerous previous agreements,” the London-based human rights group said.

“Rapes of women by Janjaweed militias in Darfur remained systematic. … Authorities routinely took no effective action to investigate women’s complaints of rape. At worst, raped women were arrested for adultery,” it said.


Gbagbo tells U.N. to remove official

ABIDJAN — President Laurent Gbagbo is demanding that the United Nations remove its representative monitoring long-overdue elections in the war-divided country, accusing him of meddling.

Mr. Gbagbo, a critic of foreign intervention in the West African country, accused Gerard Stoudmann and Pierre Schori, the former head of a 7,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission, of behaving “as if they had power to govern Ivory Coast.”

“I wrote a letter to the secretary-general of the U.N. to tell him … ‘You must come and take them away because there aren’t two or three presidents. There’s only one,’ ” Mr. Gbagbo told African ambassadors this week, according to the presidential Web site.


Immigrants offered cash to go home

PARIS — France plans to offer incentives to more immigrants to return home, especially to Africa, new immigration minister Brice Hortefeux said yesterday.

France will provide $8,000 to a family with two children if they agree to go back to their country of origin, an incentive that was taken up by about 1,000 families in 2005 and 2,000 in 2006.

Mr. Hortefeux heads a newly created Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development that is expected to toughen immigration policy and tailor it to France’s employment needs.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned of a “social explosion” if immigration is not managed in France, where rioting in the immigrant-heavy suburbs in 2005 highlighted the failures of the government’s integration efforts.

Weekly notes …

An international animal welfare body intensified its campaign in Johannesburg yesterday for a 20-year moratorium on trade in ivory before a meeting on the issue next month. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species at The Hague is to vote on rules regarding the trade of elephants, whales, tigers and sharks.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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