India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi welcomed Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir wanted for war crimes and genocide in Darfur for the India-Africa summit on October 28th.
By welcoming Bashir, India chose to ignore the deaths of 300,000 Darfuris and those still living in fear today.
Wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, Bashir has kept up his attacks on the people of Darfur. 210,000 people have been forced from their homes in Darfur this year. And just weeks ago, the Government of Sudan blocked the delivery of food supplies to UN peacekeepers in Darfur.
Thousands of our activists stood with over 15 civil society groups from Africa representing millions of voices demanding justice. We stood next to the International Criminal Court’s Special Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, as she called upon India to arrest Bashir. And we stood for justice for the people of Darfur.
“As states ponder over such matters, it is fundamentally important not to forget the victims who deserve justice for the unimaginable atrocities they have suffered,” Bensouda said. “By arresting and surrendering ICC suspects, India can contribute to the important goal of ending impunity for the world’s worst crimes.”
-Fatou Bensouda, ICC Special Prosecutor
As the world’s largest democracy and a leading Troop Contributing Country to UN Peacekeeping missions, India should have arrested Bashir and stood up for UN efforts toward peace and protection in Sudan and for the people who have been victimized by the brutality of Bashir’s regime.
India is now facing new pressure. India’s desire to join the United Nations Security Council now faces much deeper scrutiny. And it’s never been clearer that India is prioritizing profits and access to oil over the fundamental principle of basic human rights, jeopardizing their re-election chances to the UN Human Rights Council.
By following Bashir and exposing countries that welcome him through our Bashir Watch project, we will continue to make sure that there is a price to pay for those who ignore the crimes against humanity committed by Bashir.