n Africa Insight - Darfur and Sudan's politics of deviance

Volume 35, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The violent conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur has produced a man-made humanitarian catastrophe. Since the outbreak of hostilities in 2003, over 70 000 people have been killed and more than two million displaced. The scale and intensity of human suffering have led critics to accuse Khartoum of ethnic cleansing and even genocide. This article examines Sudan's violation of international norms of good conduct during President Bashir's rule. The inquiry begins with an explanation of the notion of deviant behaviour. The content of the principal norms broken by Sudan is then outlined, followed by an investigation of Khartoum's misdemeanours. Attention is also paid to foreign responses to Sudan's norm-violating actions.

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