Victims of crimes in Darfur "failed" by international community

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Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The international community has "failed" to bring justice for the victims of the crimes allegedly committed in Sudan's Darfur region, according to Fatou Bensouda the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The crimes relate to the crisis that started in 2003 when government forces, supported by Janjaweed militias clashed with armed rebels in the region.

Two-and-a-half million people were displaced and tens of thousands of others killed in the clashes.

Several people, including President Omar al-Bashir were indicted for the crimes allegedly committed during the clashes but they have not been arrested and brought to the ICC.

In her briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Ms. Bensouda said March 2015 will mark ten years since the Security Council referred the situation in Darfur to the Court.

"Close to ten years since the much lauded Council’s referral of the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court, systematic and widespread crimes continue to be committed with total impunity in Darfur. It is indeed an understatement to say that we have failed the Darfur victims who continue to bear the brunt of these crimes." (19")

Ms Bensouda said that over the past years the ICC, the United Nations and others have been engaged in efforts to bring justice and other forms of relief to Darfur’s victims.

Sophie Outwaite, United Nations

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