UN / ICC DARFUR

20-Jun-2018 00:03:00
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called on the Security Council and the international community to support arrest of suspects in the Darfur situation and asked, “How much longer should victims of the alleged atrocity crimes in Darfur suffer in silence or wait to have their torment acknowledged through concrete results?” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ICC DARFUR
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Security Council President
4. Wide shot, Sudanese ambassador joining meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“The question begs asking: how many more years and how many more reports will be required for this Council to be galvanized into taking tangible action? How much longer should victims of the alleged atrocity crimes in Darfur suffer in silence or wait to have their torment acknowledged through concrete results?”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“Regrettably, the Government of the Sudan has not only refused to cooperate with the Court, in clear violation of the Council's resolution, but has rather been emboldened to publicly denounce the Court in this forum. It does so repeatedly with facile and baseless allegations aimed at creating a distraction from the real issues and the Government's failure to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.”
8. Med shot, Sudanese ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“What is required now is for this Council and the international community at large, to support the apprehension and transfer of ICC suspects to the Court so that they can answer the charges against them through a fair, independent and objective judicial process. Let me be clear: the effective power to arrest and surrender ICC suspects in the Darfur situation solely rests with States. This Council also plays a vital role in ensuring these obligations are honoured.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“This dilemma becomes increasingly clear when we know that the accusations and criminalization do not occur when a crime is committed which falls under the Court’s specialization, rather based on the nationality of the accused.”
12. Wide shot, Bensouda
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“It is no surprise that Sudan is firmly opposed to the actions and activities of the ICC, as is mention in its complaint in this report. The report described it as being hostile. The meddling of the Court imperils the security, political, and social stability in Sudan. It also risks the continuation of the conflict in Darfur and the persistence of violations by rebel movements, including violations targeting the victims whom the office of the Prosecutor claims to be protecting.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called on the Security Council and the international community to support arrest of suspects in the Darfur situation and asked, “How much longer should victims of the alleged atrocity crimes in Darfur suffer in silence or wait to have their torment acknowledged through concrete results?”

Briefing the Council today (20 Jun) Bensouda said 13 years after it referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC the question begs asking, “how many more years and how many more reports will be required for this Council to be galvanized into taking tangible action?” She stressed that the Council had an important role to play in the effective implementation of its own resolutions.

The Chief Prosecutor said the Sudanese Government has not only refused to cooperate with the Court, but has rather been “emboldened” to publicly denounce the Court with “facile and baseless allegations aimed at creating a distraction from the real issues and the Government's failure to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.” She called on the Government to engage with her office constructively.

Bensouda said the international community must support the apprehension and transfer of ICC suspects to the Court so that they can answer the charges against them through a fair, independent and objective judicial process. She emphasized that the “effective power to arrest and surrender ICC suspects in the Darfur situation solely rests with States.”

Sudanese ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl said as a non-signatory party to the Rome Statue, Sudan had no obligations towards the ICC. He said the Court and the Prosecutor Office have restricted their jurisdiction to African nations and called for the arrest of a African President, which he said they would not dare do in any other region. He added, “This dilemma becomes increasingly clear when we know that the accusations and criminalization do not occur when a crime is committed which falls under the Court’s specialization, rather based on the nationality of the accused.”

Dahab Fadl stressed that Sudan was firmly opposed to the actions and activities of the ICC. He said, “The meddling of the Court imperils the security, political, and social stability in Sudan. It also risks the continuation of the conflict in Darfur and the persistence of violations by rebel movements, including violations targeting the victims whom the office of the Prosecutor claims to be protecting.”
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