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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Dec 14 2014, 13:59

God, this is depressing

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Post by Joanna on Sun Dec 14 2014, 15:22

party animal - not! wrote:God, this is depressing

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Omar al-Bashir celebrates ICC decision to halt Darfur investigation
Sudanese president accuses court of trying to humiliate his country
as prosecutor criticises UN security council

Agence France-Presse in Khartoum

theguardian.com, Sunday 14 December 2014 05.31 GMT

Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir. Photograph: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS

The Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has hailed the international criminal court’s suspension of its investigations into alleged war crimes in Darfur, accusing it of trying to “humiliate and subjugate” his country.

Bashir is wanted by the ICC over alleged war crimes in the western region, where the government has been trying to crush an insurgency since 2003.

The ICC’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday she was halting investigations to “shift resources to other urgent cases”, and criticised the UN security council for failing to push for Bashir’s arrest.

Bashir said in a speech in Khartoum that the decision came about “because of the Sudanese people’s refusal to be humiliated and to kneel down”, state news agency SUNA reported.

He called the ICC one of the “tools aimed to humiliate and subjugate” Sudan, SUNA said.

Bensouda’s decision to halt the Darfur investigations comes amid rising difficulties for the ICC, which dropped charges of crimes against humanity against the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, last week.

The Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, on Friday called on African countries to withdraw from the ICC, saying the court had become a “tool to target” the continent.

Darfur erupted into conflict in 2003 when ethnic insurgents rebelled against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, complaining they were being marginalised.

The UN says the unrest in Darfur has killed 300,000 people and displaced 2 million, while the government puts the death toll at around 10,000.

The UN security council remains deeply divided over the Darfur crisis, with China a key ally of the Khartoum regime.

Bensouda warned that without action on Darfur from the security council, the cases against Bashir and three other indicted Sudanese suspects would remain deadlocked.

“What is needed is a dramatic shift in this council’s approach to arresting Darfur suspects,” Bensouda told the 15-member council.

She also said allegations that Sudanese forces raped 200 women and girls in a Darfur village in late October “should shock this council into action”.

Khartoum has refused to allow the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (Unamid) to fully investigate the incident since a first visit by peacekeepers to the village of Tabit in November took place under heavy Sudanese military presence.

Sudan has since asked Unamid to form an exit strategy from the region, and Bashir hinted on Saturday that his government would not change its mind due to outside pressure because “no one will impose their opinion on Sudan”.

Bashir, who has ruled Sudan for 25 years, became the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC in 2009, but he has since continued to travel to countries that have been unwilling to take him into custody.

Over the past months, he travelled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Ethiopia, which were asked by the court to arrest him.

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Re: Al Bashir thrilled at ICC/UN failure

Post by party animal - not! on Sun Dec 14 2014, 15:31

I sense a couple of op-eds being filed as we speak........or even a call somewhere.

Part me is wondering if this, as well as the other things we know about, explains the UN resignation? So much is vetoed......and........s.l.o.w

So frustrating..........

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Re: Al Bashir thrilled at ICC/UN failure

Post by party animal - not! on Wed Dec 17 2014, 10:35

YAY!!!


Al Bashir got it wrong - and has been misinformed!!

ICC have enough evidence

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Sudan: 'President Al Bashir Misinformed About ICC Darfur Case' - Jurist

Paris / New York — The spokesman for the International Criminal Court (ICC) affirmed that the suspension of further investigations on the Darfur file does not mean that the cases against President Omar Al Bashir, other prominent government officials and a militia leader have been withdrawn. According to a Sudanese jurist, Al Bashir should have been better informed.
ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah reacted to Al Bashir's announcement of "victory over the ICC". The president claimed that the cases were dropped because they were based on "false propaganda".
The spokesman explained to the international TV channel France 24 on Saturday that suspension of criminal investigations means that the ICC prosecutor will not continue to collect additional evidences, to be added to what has been gathered in the last nine years, since the UN Security Council referred the case of Darfur to the ICC. He stressed that Omar Al Bashir and the other defendants will remain wanted, and that the arrest warrants issued against them will remain valid. The warrants can only be withdrawn by a decision by the judges of the Court, and based on new evidence, or the death of the indicted individual.
Pressure:
Sudanese jurist and fellow at the Institute for African Development of Cornell University in New York, Ahmed Hussein Adam, commented to Radio Dabanga that President Al Bashir was misinformed. "The ICC still has jurisdiction on Darfur. The case was referred to the ICC by a UN Security Council resolution under Chapter 7. No one, including the ICC prosecutor, can change this."


The jurist said that the ICC prosecutor's suspension of the investigations aims to pressure the UN to take urgent action, and the Security Council to "enforce its resolutions".
He assured "the victims and affected in Darfur" that their case is "not over". "They should not get frustrated by listening to speeches of government officials who are lying to themselves."
Abdel Wahid El Nur, jurist, leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement, and co-vice president of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance, also mocked the speech of Al Bashir and "his victory over the ICC".
"The case of Al Bashir, his Defense Minister Abdelrahim Hussein, North Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun, and militia leader Ali Kosheib will remain valid, and will not be subject to limitations. They will stand trial at the Court sooner or later," he told Radio Dabanga.
He appealed to the displaced and refugees in Sudan to "go to the streets, and demonstrate in support of the ICC, demand the continuation of the investigations, and pressure the UN Security Council to take action, so that these war criminals will be arrested".


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Re: Al Bashir thrilled at ICC/UN failure

Post by Nicky80 on Wed Dec 17 2014, 18:40

He stressed that Omar Al Bashir and the other defendants will remain wanted, and that the arrest warrants issued against them will remain valid

Now I don't think they will ever arrest them as they will never leave they Country.

He appealed to the displaced and refugees in Sudan to "go to the streets, and demonstrate in support of the ICC, demand the continuation of the investigations, and pressure the UN Security Council to take action, so that these war criminals will be arrested".

The sentence sounds great but People are so in danger they get killed if they "go to the streets". They can't really put it into practise.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Dec 18 2014, 04:28

I'm really beginning to wonder what exactly the UN sees as its mission. Was it not supposed to settle international disagreements? Instead it seems to be a place for nations to air their problems and then be ignored. If Al Bashir can visit other countries who refuse to arrest him, why doesn't the UN sanction them in some way? And why don't they back up the ICC? This world is a mess and the UN is supposed to help make it better, not sit back and watch it get worse.

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