End Genocide Petitions President Obama to Block U.S. Visit of Sudanese President Wanted for Genocide
Calls for Criminal Charges to be Brought Against Bashir If He Enters U.S.
United to End Genocide today called on the Obama administration to block Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entering the United States and to work to ensure that he ends up where he belongs – in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has applied for a visa to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting next week.
Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide made the following statement:
“It would be a moral outrage to allow a man wanted for genocide into the United States. The United States is home to thousands of victims of Bashir’s attacks in Darfur and other parts of Sudan. They deserve to have the US government stand with them by standing up to the man who is responsible for the murder and torture of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.”
“Every action must be taken to counter Bashir’s reprehensible request for a visa to enter the US. President Obama should direct the Justice Department to prepare criminal charges against Bashir based on a law passed by Congress in 2007 that authorizes the prosecution of those who commit genocide. He should also press other countries to deny Bashir access to their airspace or to land for refueling. If legal and political calculations lead to the actual arrival of Bashir, the United States should move to revoke his UN credentials, coordinate diplomatic protests and demand mass walkouts at the United Nations.”
“A man wanted on charges of genocide does not belong in the United States or at the United Nations but in the International Criminal Court.”
“We applaud the opposition the Obama Administration has already voiced about Bashir’s trip. But words alone do not bring justice for the victims of the Darfur genocide nor those continuing to suffer atrocities across Sudan. Strong action is needed from President Obama now to keep Omar al-Bashir out of the United States and delivered to The Hague.”