Enforce ICC warrants of arrest, urges UN Human Rights Chief

Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir

China been censured for playing host to Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and failing to enforce the warrant of arrest issued against him by the International Criminal Court.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Navi Pillay said, by failing to arrest President Bashir, China was in breech of international commitment to fight impunity and bring to justice those accused of crimes against humanity.

Speaking in Geneva, Ms Pillay said China could do more in the promotion of human rights around the world including among countries with which it has trading links. 

"There is a duty a responsibility on the part of every government including china to assist the court to brining to justice individuals who have been indicted by that court. So I think its disappointing when states do not deliver on this responsibility in this particular case there was an opportunity to ensure that Mr Bashir is enabled to stand trial. Its trials we are talking about, the whole world favors trial and as a former judge of the international criminal court I can assure you that the court painstakingly ensures that everyone is given a fair trial and every one is presumed innocent until the court finds sufficient evidence beyond reasonable doubt to convict such a person."

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