Today should be a celebration of justice.
Eighteen years ago, 120 countries came together to create the International Criminal Court—a court to try those accused of the world’s worst crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A court to remind the world that impunity is unacceptable.
Yet today one of the world’s worst perpetrators of violence, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, remains free. Bashir is the only sitting head of state wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his crimes in Darfur.
Every day Bashir remains free is an affront to justice. Join us today in saying #JusticeMatters.
The International Criminal Court is only as strong as the international community. Without a standing police force, it depends on other countries to carry out its arrest warrants.
And over the last year, 7 nations turned a blind eye to justice. All welcomed Bashir into their country, some multiple times. Collectively they receive more than $1 billion in U.S. aid. Many are Bashir’s neighbors and deeply influential on the African continent.
If Bashir is to be held accountable then the countries that enable his impunity must also be held accountable. And if the UN Security Council and the world’s governments will not cry out against such an affront to justice, then it is up to citizens like you to do so by taking action.
Impunity has consequences. Darfur is now suffering the worst attacks against its people in a decade — 400,000 innocent civilians have fled their homes. Across the globe in places like Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, leaders are committing atrocities without fear of facing justice.
It’s time to say that #JusticeMatters. Together we will let the world know that fugitives from international justice will have no more places to take refuge and justice will finally be served.