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10-Jun-2020 01:36:22
Securing justice for past crimes in Darfur must remain Sudan’s priority, International Criminal Court Prosecutor tells Security Council.

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged the Security Council and wider international community to encourage Sudan to do more to help bring Darfur war crimes suspects to justice, during a 10 June videoconference meeting* that took place a day after the surrender of a key fugitive.

Fatou Bensouda said that Ali Kushayb’s transfer to International Criminal Court custody in the Central African Republic on 3 June is a pivotal development that sends a clear signal that no matter how long it takes, or what obstacles might be put in the way, her Office will not stop until alleged perpetrators of Rome Statute crimes are brought to justice. “All ICC [International Criminal Court] suspects against whom arrest warrants have been issued must face justice,” she said, adding that her team in The Hague is keeping up its work to a notable degree despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She expressed optimism that the ongoing transitional process in Sudan — and peace talks in Juba between the Government and armed movements — augurs well for prospects to achieve justice for Darfur victims. She added that she remains hopeful that a new chapter of constructive engagement between the Court and Sudan, rooted in mutual respect and a genuine commitment to justice, may be on the horizon. Securing justice for past crimes in Darfur must remain a priority for the Government as it steers Sudan towards greater human security and prosperity.

International Criminal Court arrest warrants for four other suspects remain in force, she said, including those issued against former President Omar Al-Bashir, who is currently serving a two-year sentence in Sudan following a domestic trial on financial corruption charges. Two others — Ahmad Harun and Abdel Raheem Hussein — are reportedly still in Government custody awaiting charges, she said, expressing concern over reports that they have fallen ill with the coronavirus. Another suspect, Abdallah Banda, remains at large.

The Council, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations, referred the situation prevailing in Darfur since 1 July 2002 to the International Criminal Court through resolution 1593 (2005). The Organization estimates that around 300,000 were killed, and around 2.7 million forced from their homes, during the conflict that involved Government forces, allied militia and armed movements.

Presenting the International Criminal Court’s thirty-first report to the Council on the situation in Darfur, the Prosecutor said that while Sudan is not a party to the Rome Statute that established the Court, it must — pursuant to resolution 1593 (2005) and subsequent orders from the Court’s judges — surrender all individuals subject to the Court’s arrest warrants. She acknowledged that Khartoum is dealing with complex challenges and competing priorities, but emphasized that meeting the Sudanese people’s legitimate demands for justice and accountability must remain at the forefront. Underscoring the importance of cooperation, and for Court personnel to access Sudanese territory, she called on Council members, States parties to the Rome Statute and the international community more broadly to encourage the Government to work with her office fully and promptly.

“Justice for Darfur has already been too elusive for too long,” she said. “It is past time for that unsatisfactory state of affairs to change. A window of opportunity has been reopened. We must collectively seize it. Let us act together to finally bring justice to the victims in Darfur.”

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