US Must Pressure India to Arrest Sudan President Bashir at Summit

Wanted on charges of genocide, Bashir should be sent to the International Criminal Court

United to End Genocide today urged President Obama to use his influence to urge India to arrest Omar al-Bashir should the Sudanese President arrive in the country, as scheduled. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, is expected to attend the India-Africa Forum Summit this week in New Delhi, India.

Former Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide made the following statement:

“Bashir is wanted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and continues to oversee atrocities in Darfur and other parts of Sudan. Instead of welcoming Bashir on the red carpet, the Indian government should be handcuffing him and taking him to the Hague to face justice.

President Obama has traveled twice to India, continuing a long tradition of close relations between the two nations. India holds more annual military exercises with the United States than any other country, and has purchased more than $8 billion in U.S.-made weapons. If stopping genocide matters to the United States, the Obama administration must use all available influence and leverage to pressure countries like India to hold those who commit genocide accountable.

Whether Bashir is sent to the ICC speaks volumes about whether governments such as India – and the United States – are willing to stand for the victims of genocide. What is at stake is not only justice for the hundreds of thousands of Bashir’s victims, but every victim of a genocide today and in the in the future.”

Background: Sudanese President al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Although India is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, non-member states are encouraged to bring international fugitives to justice. The situation in Darfur was referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council through UNSC Resolution 1593 (2005), which urges all members of the United Nations (UN) to fully cooperate with the Court. As a member of the UN, India falls within this exhortation.