On Wednesday June 20th, Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda briefed the United Nations Security Council regarding the progress of the ICC investigation of Darfur, pursuant to UNSCR 1593. She began her testimony with an admonishment of the international community that the people of Darfur have suffered so long and received so little […]
The Bashir Watch Coalition, a group of international law and human rights organizations dedicated to ending human rights violations and promoting accountability in Sudan, writes to express its concern that Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the Islamic-American Summit that will discuss the dangers of extremism and terrorism and ways to spread the […]
If Bashir enters Morocco, Moroccan authorities must respect their legal obligations to arrest and surrender Bashir to the International Criminal Court.
The Case Against Bashir
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is the only sitting president with an outstanding arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court.
He stands accused of being the mastermind of the genocide in Darfur where Sudanese forces and government-sponsored militias carried out a campaign of attacks against innocent civilians.
On March 4, 2009 the ICC issued an arrest warrant against Bashir for 7 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. On July 12, 2010 the ICC issued an additional warrant adding 3 counts of genocide for the ethnic cleansing of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa tribes.
Undeterred by his arrest warrants, Bashir continues his reign of impunity—attacking innocent civilians in Darfur and other states in Sudan and travelling freely to other countries.
What Happened in Darfur?
This interactive timeline provides a history of the conflict.
Why Arrest Bashir
The Darfur genocide is the same crime that the international community said would never happen again in the wake of the Holocaust.
The response to the genocide has shown both the strength and weakness of the international community. Global action and pressure curbed the worst of the killing. But after the initial response, the international community has addressed the conflicts using a piecemeal approach. This approach has allowed the Sudanese government to continue to commit similar abuses in other regions and kept the main perpetrators of the genocide in power.
BashirWatch is building a strong international movement to pressure policymakers, government representatives, court officials, and other decision makers, especially in Africa and the Middle East, to support the ICC’s warrant for Bashir, bring him into custody, and transfer him to the International Criminal Court for trial.
If Bashir is Arrested, What’s Next?
When Bashir was first charged by the ICC for crimes in Darfur, some opponents argued that his arrest could bring “someone worse” to power. Failing to arrest Bashir has led to the atrocities happening today in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
At the very least, arresting Bashir would show the next would-be tyrant in Sudan -- or anywhere else -- that accountability is real and justice will catch up to them.
Ultimately, Bashir’s arrest will only be the first step. The international community will need to be prepared to commit the resources to protect the people, promote sustainable development and help build democratic institutions.
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is the only sitting head of state indicted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his crimes in Darfur.
Undeterred by his arrest warrants, Bashir continues his crimes with impunity, expanding his bombing and attacks against civilians beyond Darfur to those in the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.
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