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Information about the activities of the International Criminal Court in relation to Sudan.


Crisis in Darfur: Alex de Waal Explains the History
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ICC and Africa: selective justice
New African, 1 May 2009

"On 4 March 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, only the second ever sitting president to be so indicted. This has caused outrage and anger among the normally placid African Union and its member countries. AU chairman and Libyan leader Muammar AlGathafi has said it is akin to “new world terrorism”, and that “all developing countries are opposed to the so-called ICC” ... "


A Waltz with al-Bashir
by Joshua Rozenberg - Standpoint, April 2009

"It could take two months or two years, but he will face justice." So said the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, speaking after he had been granted a warrant to arrest the president of Sudan. Don't hold your breath. Past experience shows how much Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor, is prone to wishful
thinking ... "


International justice should not be open to political abuse and selective standards
by the Muslim Association of Britain, 10 March 2009

"The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) expresses its profound rejection of the ICC position, regarding its decision to level charges against the Sudanese president, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, in issuing a warrant for his arrest; a step that reflects mismanagement on the part of the international order in dealing with the Darfur crisis and its repercussions ... "


Questions over arrest warrant for Bashir
ICCwatch letter - The Guardian, 6 March 2009

"Sudan, like many other countries, experienced British colonial rule. Now, it is being subjected to another form of external interference in its internal affairs (Facing court over Darfur, 5 March). The international criminal court in issuing an arrest warrant for President Bashir for alleged crimes committed inside the borders of Sudan, a country that - like India, Russia, America, China, and many others - refuses to submit to its jurisdiction, is asserting legal supremacy over this supposedly sovereign nation. But what is the ICC's moral and political right to claim that Sudan, and the entire world potentially, is under its jurisdiction? ..."


The ICC issues an arrest warrant and creates a superstar
by Neil Hrab - National Post, 6 March 2009

"You likely have seen references to the big rally held Thursday in Khartoum, Sudan, following the issuing of an international arrest warrant for that country's president, Omar al-Bashir. While Bashir doesn't care much about his reputation outside Sudan, he's moving quickly to emphasize his nationalist credentials and portray the arrest warrant as an attack on Sudanese independence. Thursday’s rally provides us with a sample of Bashir's PR strategy in action ... "


Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant a 'Symbolic Gesture'?
by Charles Hawley - Der Spiegel, 5 March 2009

"Europe and North America stand behind the decision of the International Criminal Court to indict Sudanese President al-Bashir for war crimes. But many governments -- and many German commentators -- fear the situation in Darfur may now get
worse ... "


The Complexities Behind the al-Bashir Case
NRC Handelsblad, 5 March 2009

"The arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is a victory for the court's top prosecutor. But the chances that the case will ever come to trial are slim ... "


Bashir arrest warrant is political
NRC Handelsblad, 5 March 2009

"Formally the arrest warrant issued against Omar Hassan al-Bashir is the next step in the legal process against the Sudanese president, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court prosecutor in July 2008 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But in reality, the first arrest warrant against a serving head of state, issued on Wednesday by the ICC in The Hague, is a political move ... "


Bashir vows to defy Darfur charge
BBC News, 4 March 2009

"Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has angrily rejected the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him. Mr Bashir told thousands of cheering supporters in the capital that Sudan would not "kneel" to colonialists ... "

Related reports:

Will warrant tip Sudan into abyss? - BBC News, 4 March 2009
Warrant sparks anger in Khartoum - BBC News, 4 March 2009
Bashir warrant: Sudanese views - BBC News, 4 March 2009


Save Darfur: Why the UN Security Council should stop the ICC’s efforts to indict al-Bashir
Jackfruity blog, 16 February 2009

"The International Criminal Court’s recent fumbled attempt to try Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is the latest addition to a series of reasons why an ICC indictment of Sudanese president Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir would be
unwise ... "


Growing clamour to remove the Hague prosecutor who wants Sudanese president arrested
by David Pallister - The Guardian

"A coalition of human rights lawyers, academics and leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has begun openly to criticise the competence and conduct of the prosecutor of the international criminal court, the Argentinian Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Their concerns follow his announcement last month that it is to seek an arrest warrant for genocide against the Sudanese president, and the collapse of the five-year-old court's first trial ..."


AU rejects Bashir Darfur charges
BBC News

"The African Union has called for the UN Security Council to suspend war crimes accusations against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir over Darfur. The African foreign ministers said the request to charge Mr Bashir would jeopardise the peace process ... "


Sudan and the International Criminal Court: a guide to the controversy
by Alex de Waal - OpenDemocracy.net

"The request to indict Sudan's president on charges of genocide and war crimes in Darfur is a historic moment in international justice. But is it wise, and will it bring peace in Sudan nearer or destabilise the country further? ... "


The ICC's Bashir Indictment: Law Against Peace
by Rony Brauman - World Politics Review

"On July 14, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), presented "evidence showing that Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir committed the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur." The motives of the Sudanese head of state were "above all, political," the prosecutor declared. He used the "alibi" of counterinsurgency in order to try "to end the history of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa people." In fact, "his intent was genocide."

Let us leave aside the assessment that Gen. al-Bashir's motives were "political" in nature, which seems to constitute an aggravating factor in the prosecutor's view, and instead concentrate on the recent history of the notion of genocide ... "

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