Home | News    Monday 3 April 2017

Al-Bashir says ICC “colonial tool”, calls to establish African Court


Sudan's bashir speaks at the opening session of the third Arab Conference for Agriculture Investment in Khartoum on 27 February 2017 (ST Photo)

April 2, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Sunday has proposed to establish an African court of justice describing the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “colonial tool” against Africa.

The ICC issued two arrest warrants against al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur. He is the first sitting head of state charged by the Hague-based court since its inception in 2002.

Al-Bashir, who addressed the First African Conference of Heads of Justice and Higher Courts in Khartoum, said: “Africans were convinced that the ICC is a colonial tool which requires the founding of an African court to achieve justice that is based on evidence, not fabrication and political considerations”.

He pointed the African judiciary has discovered that the ICC is “unjust and politicised in form and substance” against the continent which prompted the African Union to take a decision to collectively withdraw from the court.

The Sudanese President said the conference reflects Africa’s firm stance against the conspiracies, pointing it conveys a strong message that Africa is capable of changing the distorted image that was drawn by the colonial media about the continent.

He accused the supports of the Hague-based tribunal of “using double standards” and targeting African leaders, saying they are the ones who deserve to be tried.

Al-Bashir added that Africans are better able than others to assess themselves, saying “we don’t need a foreign or external assessment that serves specific agendas and uses criteria irrelevant to our values and customs”.

He underscored Sudan’s firm position in the fight against terrorism, human trafficking and smuggling and money laundering, saying his country is keen on human rights protection, good governance and peaceful transformation of power.

For his part, Sudan’s Chief-Justice Hayder Ahmed Dafalla called for establishing an African tribunal to prevent foreign interference and convey a message to the international community that Africa is capable of carrying out its judicial duties.

He said the existing judicial blocs have no geographical relevance to Africa, pointing they “targeted the symbols of sovereignty in the continent” and questioned the integrity of the African judiciary.

Dafalla further said time has come to launch an initiative to form an effective African judicial alliance to prevent foreign interference.

Sudan which is not a state member to Rome Statute of the ICC has been campaigning for an African withdrawal from the court.

The African Union constantly accuses the ICC of disproportionately targeting Africans. Several countries including Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Libya have called for en mass withdrawal of African nations from the court.

But the court also has supporters in Africa. At an African Union summit meeting in July 2016, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were among the countries that opposed a Kenyan-led drive for a group walkout from the tribunal.

Established in 2002 to try war criminals and perpetrators of genocide never tried at home, the ICC has opened inquiries involving nine nations, including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Mali and, most recently, Georgia.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 3 April 08:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    African leaders are dictators
    they don’t want right to be told.
    God is only one who will punish African leaders through their wrong doing.

    repondre message

  • 3 April 14:18, by Adok son

    This leader calls Beshair is better than devil of South Sudan’s leader for he(Omer) like his people to stay free and offer them more services, but on SS’s leader(salva), there is nothing to be compared except murdering and daily killing of civilian.

    repondre message

  • 10 April 09:37, by mirabbos

    This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. http://itsmydownload.com

    repondre message

  • 19 April 09:46, by Rustam

    This post is very simple to read and appreciate without leaving any details out. Great work! You completed certain reliable points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will agree with your blog.

    repondre message

  • 1 May 13:25, by rustaM M

    Click-and-go connectivity to configured and available desktops and applicationsREQUIREMENTS:Client: Compatible with iPad. http://cumeho.ru Features of Remotely Possible: Button Controls: Much like the application home screen, you can scroll through multiple pages of buttons.

    repondre message

  • 8 May 12:22, by Rustam Radjapov

    Access your iTunes library, play and cue songs using a beautiful interface. http://downloadbestwarezhere.ru Hi, I play Hay day and I know how important are coins and diamonds.

    repondre message

  • 19 May 08:50, by Toby

    We need to cast out demons You’ll be hero, named Formil. http://popufindservice.com The application, named Skylanders Toy Collector is not sponsored or endorsed by Activision Publishing, Inc.

    repondre message

  • 11 June 13:58, by Rustam

    Diverse Selection Of Channels (Everything from Gospel to Rock) Current Channels: Most Popular Contemporary Christian - SKY. http://beltehtorg.ru Len sa prstom dotknite iadanej jednotky, napte slo a vsledky sa okamite zobrazia vo vetkch polkach.

    repondre message

  • 16 July 15:17, by TOOOM

    This works by saving the contents of that specific part of the website. http://downloadfreefilesfast.webcam Two teams compete for the dominance of the worlds cities.

    repondre message

  • 16 August 18:01, by bina

    PocketMoney - checkbook, budgets, expenses for iPhone.http://downloadbestthingsfast.top/strategy/plustek-opticbook-3600-windows-7-driver.php Very few permissions needed, no ads during the game.

    repondre message

  • 17 September 20:39, by kamil

    For the best William Hill Vegas experience on iPad, download this app today.http://igromnenie.ru/entertainment/yuvaratna-rana-mp3-songs.php His psychiatrist is stymied, and the FBI takes a dangerous interest in his business life.

    repondre message

  • 2 October 16:16, by linda

    Browsing and editing in cardbox mode: preview in thumbnail mode, edit in place, easy-to-fragmented information management;http://downloadingisnice.gdn Even more of your favorites from out on the beat and down on the street - Version 2.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Splits in Sudan’s liberation movements and questions of the future: Different Personalities Same DNA 2017-10-22 21:22:08 By Malik Agar Eyre Nganyoufa A split is a process of fragmentation of a coherent movement or political party. Historically, many, if not all, armed resistance movements have experienced (...)

Reflections on the SPLM-Ns 2017-10-18 20:15:33 By Mohamed Yassin It is sad, weird and ugly that some comrades reduced the vision of the SPLM to the SPLM-N standing for North, as a compromise. Its adaptation, it was bitterly adopted in an (...)

Do we have leaders in South Sudan or murderers? 2017-10-15 04:13:20 By Peter Gai Manyuon According to different scholars globally, leadership style is the way a person uses power to lead other people. More so, scholars have also identified a variety of (...)


Latest Press Releases

Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 October 7, 2017 A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth of Greater Bor in diaspora (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)


Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.