Posted on fidh on Wednesday 4 March 2009, Sudan-Darfur / ICC
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. The organisation considers that the judges’ decision is significant because it confirms the hypothesis according to which the whole state apparatus has been involved in the commission of crimes in Darfur. FIDH calls upon all States to respect the ICC decision and act towards an immediate execution of the arrest warrant.
“Today’s decision is a landmark for international justice. For the first time since its establishment in 2002, the ICC issues a warrant of arrest for a sitting Head of State. It is also a historic day for the victims of Darfur, who have been waiting for too long for justice to be made in relation to the horrendous crimes they have suffered. We urge States to take all the necessary steps for President Al-Bashir to appear before the Court in order to answer for the charges brought against him“, said Souhayr Belhassen, FIDH President.
According to the decision, there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that Al-Bashir is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, extermination, forcible transfer of population, torture, rape, intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population and pillaging. The Pre-Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to provide reasonable ground proving the intent to destroy in whole or in part the ethnic groups, constituting the crime of genocide. The Prosecutor may present additional information at a later stage. Continue reading