Sudan


    ICC blames South Africa and UN for failure to arrest Sudanese President
    07.07.17
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have deemed that South Africa flouted its duties to the Court when it failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir. But the judges also blamed the UN Security Council for inaction on Bashir, who has still not been arrested despite two ICC arrest warrants issued against him in 2009 and 2010. They also confirmed that there is no immunity for Heads of State who are wanted by the Court, an issue which is at the heart of its standoff with the African Union. Not surprisingly, ICC judges on July 6 ruled that South Africa failed in its...

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    Opinion : Sudan’s New Image Can’t Disguise Harsh Reality
    14.03.17
    Jehanne Henry (Human Rights Watch)

    Last week, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir released 193 Darfuri rebel fighters from prison, some of whom had been there for nine years. He also waived the death penalty against 66 others.  Days earlier, a Khartoum court released three civil society activists after ten months in detention. These developments, lauded by onlookers, burnish Sudan’s image at a time when al-Bashir – wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged atrocities in Darfur – has been improving diplomatic alliances with the Gulf, Europe, and the US. In January, the US eased economic sanctions against Sudan,...

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    Uganda and Djibouti Referred to the UN for Non-Cooperation on Bashir Arrest: An Appeal in Vain by the ICC?
    13.07.16
    Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net

    Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) expect action this time from the United Nations?  The Hague–based permanent court has referred Uganda and Dijbouti to the UN Security Council for refusal to execute the arrest warrants against the Sudanese President Omar Bashir. The two African countries warmly welcomed Bashir while he was present on their territories in May this year to attend inauguration ceremonies of his fellow Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. The new move by the ICC comes a month after the Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vigorously confronted members of the...

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    United Nations Under Fire on Darfur
    16.06.16
    Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net

    At a June 14 Security Council meeting, UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous admitted lack of progress in finding a viable political solution to the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan. Five days earlier, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda went further, blaming the situation on impunity for the violence that has wracked Darfur for several years. Bensouda blamed the UN Security Council for doing nothing to get the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, who continues to travel freely, especially in Africa, despite two ICC arrest...

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    President al-Bashir of Sudan clocked in thousands of miles across the world, despite being a wanted war criminal
    21.03.16
    Nuba Reports

    Over seven years ago the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest for his role in the Darfur genocide, accusing him of overseeing murder, extermination, forcible transfer, rape, and torture, as well as directing pillaging and other attacks against civilians. The warrant has not stopped the dictator—one of the longest serving in the world—from traveling 75 times to 22 countries since then, seemingly without fear of prosecution. “Which state has ever arrested a sitting head of state? Bashir won’t be arrested in Chad.” Chadian Minister of Interior, Ahmat...

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