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Human rights groups welcome ICC charges against Sudan president

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July 14, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Human rights advocacy groups hailed the decision by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo to request arrest warrants against the Sudanese president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, left, speaks at a press conference as Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, right, looks on, at the seat of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, July 14, 2008 (AP)

“Charging President al-Bashir for the hideous crimes in Darfur shows that no one is above the law,” said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program. “It is the prosecutor’s job to follow the evidence wherever it leads, regardless of official position.”

Ocampo asked pre-trial judges today to issue arrest warrants for Sudan president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

The ICC’s prosecutor filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

“It is an historic moment for international justice; the first time a serving head of state has been accused of genocide by the ICC,” says Dr James Smith, Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust.

Some Rights group said that the indictments may help move Sudan closer to peace.

‘ENOUGH Project’, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity said that the ICC indictments “can be a step forward in the path to secure peace”.

“Until there is a consequence for the commission of genocide, it will continue. This action introduces a cost, finally, into the equation” says John Prendergast Co-Chair of the ENOUGH Project and a former Clinton administration official.

Many observers and world officials voiced concern that the ICC announcement may jeopardize Darfur peacekeepers and aid workers and put the lives of Darfuris at risk.

But Brown from Aegis Trust downplayed any prospects of that happening.

“Many fear repercussions for UN personnel and aid workers in Sudan, but the people with most to lose from a backlash - Darfuris targeted for years by Omar al-Bashir’s regime - are celebrating today” he said.

Amnesty International urged Khartoum “to refrain from using the Prosecutor’s announcement as an excuse to block the U.N. peacekeeping mission from protecting civilians in Darfur or delivering humanitarian assistance”.

Some UN Security Council (UNSC) members mainly China and Russian have contemplated a resolution that would suspend any inducements per Article 16 of the ICC’s Statue.

But the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said in a statement that “silence in the face of atrocities does not prevent further crimes”.

Sudan has not ratified the Rome Statue, but the UN Security Council (UNSC) invoked the provisions under the Statue that enables it to refer situations in non-State parties to the world court if it deems that it is a threat to international peace and security.

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  • 15 July 2008 10:41, by Wilson Wutchok Dhal

    I am extremely happy for the respond from Human Right Groups this mean that they knows their work and that is what we want rather than relaying on fake president like Bashir who is trying to turn Sudan to be one man Nation; Keep that spirit the world is behind you,

    • 15 July 2008 11:23, by James gatluak Leu

      That will be a great happiness to all Sudanese if ICC will implement the indicted of Omar Albishir,mean while Sudan will remain in peace for ever.

      • 15 July 2008 14:52, by John Yien

        I think that will be a good move for the ICC if in fact is indicted Omar Albeshir because he committed a lot of atrocities in the sudan especialy in Darfur.He deserve to be jailed if the court realy mean it.it will be most importance things that the world has been waiting for. I would be delighted for his prisonmment.
        thanks

        View online : human rights groups welcome ICC charges against Omar Albeshir

  • 16 July 2008 02:37, by Sihs

    I WAS WONDERING WHERE WERE THE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS WHEN ATROCITIES WERE COMMITED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WROLD , ICC IS VIEWED AS POLITICAL SWORD SHARPENED TOWARDS THE NECK OF EVERY AFIRCAN LEADER WHO IS NOT CO-OPERATING !!!!!!!!!!!!! ,BACKED BY RICH WESTERN COUNTRIES ,IT EXPLAIN THE FACT ,MOST OF IT IS WORK IS FOCUSED IN AFRICANS ............IT IS A NEW TOOL TO EXPLOIT POOR COUNTRIES BY THE NAME OF JUSTICE..........GIVEN THE RACE OF RESOURCES AND THE ECONOMIC COLONIALISM THE ICC WOULD BE MISUSED BY WESTERN COUNTRIES TO KNEEL AFRICAN STATES............THE NEVER ANSWERED QUESTION........WHY THE ICC IS UNABLE TO CHARGE A SINGLE US SOLDIER DESPITE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 16 July 2008 10:18, by richard opele

      My friend Sihs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! late,
      Please no one should answer Sihs.
      Opele



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