Justice Delayed — Bashir Stays Home

United to End Genocide Calls for Action by the U.S. and UN

While United to End Genocide is pleased that Sudanese President Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, chose not to travel to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly, we remain concerned that Bashir is not where he belongs – at the International Criminal Court to answer the charges against him.

A decade after the genocide began in Darfur, the failure of the United States, the international community and United Nations to bring him to justice is a stain on the world’s collective conscience.

Tom Andrews, the President of United to End Genocide, released the following statement:

Bashir belongs behind bars at the International Criminal Court not at the podium of the United Nations. It is outrageous that an international criminal wanted for genocide in Darfur has the option of entering U.S. soil without being arrested.

It is unacceptable that the United Nations would permit him to enter their building let alone address the nations of the world. We hope that this near miss causes the leadership of the United States and UN to re-think a system that would allow such an outrage to occur. To start, the UN should lift immunity for those wanted by the ICC and the United States should join the International Criminal Court.