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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan told the Security Council that the world is “not on the precipice of a human catastrophe, but in the very midst of one” in Sudan. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

13 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“As we speak, there are women and children, boys and girls, old and young, in fear of their lives, living with uncertainty in the midst of conflict. And as their homes have burned, many, as we speak, will not know what the night will bring and what fate awaits them tomorrow.”
4. Med shot, Council members
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“We are, by any analysis, not on the precipice of a human catastrophe, but in the very midst of one. It is occurring. And it's my analysis and my prayer and advice that we must act urgently, collectively to protect the most vulnerable. If this oft repeated phrase of ‘never again’ is to mean anything, it must mean something here and now, for the people of Darfur that have lived with this uncertainty and pain and the scars of conflict for almost two decades.”
6. Close up, Sudan representative
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“By any measure, a failure to meet international legal obligations and the absence of any meaningful justice in Sudan for the serious crimes committed in Darfur 20 years ago, have sown the seeds to the weeds that is now the misfortune of so many Darfuris.”
8. Med shot, Council members
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“We need to show that we're delivering more than words and promises. We need to show demonstrable action. And I've said this is going to be determined not only by the potency and the effectiveness of investigations, not even by the issuance of arrest warrants if judges of the ICC scrutinize any applications we present, and are compelled to issue those warrants, but we need to see actual justice in court to separate truth from fiction and to give confidence to the people of Darfur that their lives mean something at all.”
10. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“To implement the principal of these trials, the government of Sudan can ask the prosecutor for primary evidence. The sentence of the prosecutor, when he says that there was no cooperation from the Sudanese, is not just.”
12. Med shot, Council members

STORYLINE:

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan told the Security Council that the world is “not on the precipice of a human catastrophe, but in the very midst of one” in Sudan.

Briefing the Council on Thursday (13 July), Khan added, “It is occurring. And it's my analysis and my prayer and advice that we must act urgently, collectively to protect the most vulnerable. If this oft repeated phrase of ‘never again’ is to mean anything, it must mean something here and now, for the people of Darfur that have lived with this uncertainty and pain and the scars of conflict for almost two decades.”

The prosecutor continued, “As we speak, there are women and children, boys and girls, old and young, in fear of their lives, living with uncertainty in the midst of conflict. And as their homes have burned, many, as we speak, will not know what the night will bring and what fate awaits them tomorrow”

According to Khan, “a failure to meet international legal obligations and the absence of any meaningful justice in Sudan for the serious crimes committed in Darfur 20 years ago, have sown the seeds to the weeds that are now the misfortune of so many Darfuris.”

Addressing the Council members, he urged them to “show that we're delivering more than words and promises” and to “show demonstrable action.”

“And I've said this is going to be determined not only by the potency and the effectiveness of investigations, not even by the issuance of arrest warrants if judges of the ICC scrutinize any applications we present, and are compelled to issue those warrants, but we need to see actual justice in court to separate truth from fiction and to give confidence to the people of Darfur that their lives mean something at all,” the prosecutor said.

The Permanent Representative of Sudan, Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, explained that justice could be made using hybrid courts and “to implement the principal of these trials, the government of Sudan can ask the prosecutor for primary evidence.”

Mohamed also said that “tthe sentence of the prosecutor, when he says that there was no cooperation from the Sudanese, is not just.”
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