Is 20 Times Enough? UN Security Council Briefed on Darfur Criminal Court

United to End Genocide, an advocacy group dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities, today called upon the UN Security Council to support the work of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in pursuing accountability in Sudan. The group condemned the continued impunity in Darfur as the Chief Prosecutor briefed the UN Security Council on the case of Darfur for the 20th time since it was referred to the court.

United to End Genocide’s Director of Policy and Government Relations, Dan Sullivan, released the following statement:

“It has been nine years since the UN Security Council referred the case of Darfur to the International Criminal Court. Unfortunately, this marks nine years of blatant impunity.

ICC prosecutors have been consistent in their calls for support from the Security Council to address the blatant impunity continuing in Sudan. But the Security Council has been just as consistent in its lack of support. Bashir, a man wanted on charges of genocide, has been allowed to visit nine countries in the past year alone, with hardly a whimper of condemnation.

More than a decade since the genocide in Darfur began, the quest for justice has hardly begun. It is long past time that the UN Security Council stepped up to support the court in arresting those charged with responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Darfur.”

Background:

Today, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, will brief the United Nations Security Council on the case of Darfur. This will be the twentieth such briefing since the case of Darfur was referred to the court through UN Security Council Resolution 1593 in March 2005. The ICC has released warrants for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

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Bashir Watch, a coalition of non-governmental organizations dedicated to justice and accountability in Sudan has recorded trips to 9 countries in 2014 including Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Qatar, and 5 trips to Ethiopia.

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