ICC warrant to arrest Sudanese President "must be respected"

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A Sudanese woman and children in South Darfur. According to the UN, an estimated 300,000 people in Sudan have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in 2003. UN Photo/Olivier Chassot (file)

An arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be respected, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Speaking to the press in Geneva on Monday, Ban Ki-moon was asked to comment on reports that South African authorities had failed to arrest the Sudanese leader during a visit to the country.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

President Omar al-Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the crisis in Darfur.

An arrest warrant was issued in 2009, but this has not stopped the Sudanese leader from attending a number of international events.

In the last 6 years, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has urged countries to arrest him, including Malawi in 2011 and Nigeria in 2013.

Most recently, President al-Bashir was in South Africa for an African Union Summit.

Here's the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"The International Criminal Court's warrant for the arrest of President al-Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes is a matter I take extremely seriously. The authority of the ICC must be respected, and its decisions implemented." (0'22")

According to the UN, an estimated 300,000 people in Sudan have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in 2003.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’12″

 

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