(Washington, DC) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants today citing Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Qaddafi, his son, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and his head of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) committed across Libya in February this year. Tom Andrews, the newly-appointed President of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition, issued the following statement:
(Washington, DC) – As Syrian army tanks and troops surround the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour, and the government’s brutal attacks on demonstrators continue, the Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition today called on the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution condemning the ongoing violence against Syria’s population and hold perpetrators accountable. According to human rights organizations, at least 1,100 civilians have been killed since the initial repression began. The government has also arrested at least 10,000 citizens, many of whom have been tortured while in custody.
Following a peaceful referendum for southern independence earlier this year, other parts of Sudan are the source of renewed concern. In Darfur, escalating violence is forcing tens of thousands to flee to already bulging refugee camps. And in the border town of Abyei, long considered a potential flashpoint in the north-south divide, both sides appear to be girding for battle.
Smoldering villages with children and the elderly trapped inside burning huts, left to choke to death on smoke or roast alive from the flames. Pregnant women with their stomachs slashed open, fetuses ripped from the womb, lest the women give birth to babies who would one day learn their country’s history. Baby boys with their heads lopped off by bayonets, baby girls thrown into wells to poison the water supply.