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Vol 49 No 5

Published 29th February 2008


Selective divestment

Britain’s Conservative Party, which has been campaigning against the Sudan government’s Darfur policy, faces charges of hypocrisy after it accepted more than US$800,000 in contributions from a United States’ mutual fund with massive indirect investments in Sudan’s oil industry. Last April, the Conservative Shadow Secretary for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, with full support from party leader David Cameron, introduced a motion in Parliament calling for British companies to withdraw from Sudan in protest against ethnic cleansing; he highlighted the role of oil production and petrodollars in fuelling atrocities in Darfur.

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