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Monday, April 11, 2005

News this week: Darfur, Sudan

Harvard To Divest PetroChina Stock Because of Sudan Ties: April 4, 2005.
Under mounting pressure from student activists, Harvard University plans to sell an estimated $4.4 million stake in PetroChina, whose parent company is closely tied to the Sudanese government, which the United States has accused of waging a genocidal campaign to suppress rebels in Darfur. Activists say Harvard's intention, which was announced Monday, is the first major victory in a growing national campaign for divestiture of business connections with Sudan. International Herald Tribune
State Department Sending Deputy to Sudan to Push for End to Violence in Darfur: April 8, 2005
Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick will head for Sudan next week, and one of his missions will be to put pressure on its leaders to end the violence in Darfur. Mr. Zoellick's trip will be the first by a senior American official since June, when Colin L. Powell, secretary of state at the time, visited. New York Times
AU Report Recommends Darfur Force Be Doubled By August: April 5, 2005
An internal African Union (AU) report has called on the 53-member bloc to double the size of its military force in Darfur to 6,000 troops over the next four months, diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Sudan Tribune
Proposed Peace Effort for Uganda Requires Sudanese Support
The International Crisis Group's Africa expert John Prendergast details a provocative plan to find peace in Sudan's troubled neighbor. Washington Post
Hague Takes On Darfur War Crimes:
April 5, 2005
The International Criminal Court [ICC] has been handed documents outlining allegations of war crimes committed in the Darfur region of Sudan. Later on Tuesday, the court will also be given a sealed list of 51 suspects accused of participating in the crimes. Sudan is refusing to hand over any of its citizens, preferring local justice. BBC News
U.S. Students Launch Campaign to Raise Private Funds for Darfur Peacekeeping
The Genocide Intervention Fund, started by students at Swarthmore College, is raising money from private individuals to stop the genocide in Darfur. The effort received support from members of Congress as hundreds of college and high school students gathered at the Hart Senate office building Wednesday to begin a drive to support the African Union peace monitoring mission in Darfur. Voice of America