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23-Aug-2022 00:02:27
Addressing the Security Council live from Khartoum, Sudan, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said, “The simple truth is that the nightmare for thousands of Darfuris has not ended.” UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Med shot, United Nations flag

23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim A. A. Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“The simple truth is that the nightmare for thousands of Darfuris has not ended. And that nightmare of their experiences in large part continues because meaningful justice and accountability has not been felt in the manner that is required, or in my respectful view was anticipated by the Council in 2005.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim A. A. Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“If we don't manage to deal with historic abuses, the cases that are well known in Sudan, a cycle of impunity may well continue, and other cycles of violence take place. Why should people comply with the law? Why should they be concerned about in public international law or international humanitarian law when they see time and time again, people did what they want and getting away with it?”
6. Med shot, Security Council Members
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim A. A. Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“But the only thing I must insist upon is what you have required and what the victims demand, which is justice. And I think if we recommit ourselves and actually insist upon cooperation, and build trust, hopefully, we can vindicate fully the decision of this Council to refer the matter in the first place.”
8. Med shot, Security Council Members
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“The transitional government stresses its commitment to fruitful coordination and cooperation with the prosecutor's office consistent with its moral and legal obligation. At the same time, the government of Sudan expects this cooperation to be reciprocated to achieve justice, provide redress to victims according to the options under consideration, and the dialogue to achieve stability and ensure the sovereignty and unity of Sudan.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Addressing the Security Council today (23 Aug) live from Khartoum, Sudan, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan said, “The simple truth is that the nightmare for thousands of Darfuris has not ended.”

It was the first time in ICC history that a prosecutor briefed the Security Council from a situation country.

“That nightmare of their experiences in large part continues because meaningful justice and accountability has not been felt in the manner that is required, or in my respectful view was anticipated by the Council in 2005,” the Chief Prosecutor continued.

He stressed the need to collectively find ways to move forward and asked the Council to consider holding a session in Sudan to learn more from some survivors.

Khan said, “If we don't manage to deal with historic abuses, the cases that are well known in Sudan, a cycle of impunity, may well continue, and other cycles of violence take place.”

He asked, “Why should people comply with the law? Why should they be concerned about in public international law or international humanitarian law when they see time and time again, people did what they want and getting away with it?”

He noted that the trial proceedings commenced in April 2022 in the case of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”), the first trial at the Court based on a referral from the Council, was a landmark moment for justice in Darfur.

Abd-Al-Rahman faces 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity under the supervision of independent and impartial ICC judges.

Over the last four months, 28 witnesses have provided testimony that reflects the experiences of many survivors of crimes committed in Darfur.

This process now continues, with the case expected to conclude early next year.

As detailed in his report, Khan also said that a backward step had taken place regarding cooperation in recent months.

He concluded, “The only thing I must insist upon is what you have required and what the victims demand, which is justice. And I think if we recommit ourselves and actually insist upon cooperation and build trust, hopefully, we can fully vindicate the decision of this Council to refer the matter in the first place.”

For his part, the Sudanese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed told the Council that “the transitional government stresses its commitment to fruitful coordination and cooperation with the prosecutor's office consistent with its moral and legal obligation.”

At the same time, he added, “the government of Sudan expects this cooperation to be reciprocated to achieve justice, provide redress to victims according to the options under consideration and the dialogue to achieve stability and ensure the sovereignty and unity of Sudan.”
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