Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


ICC: UN fails to bring Sudan's Bashir to justice

18 June 2014, 11:38

New York - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court excoriated the UN Security Council on Tuesday for its failure to take action to bring Sudan's president and others accused of war crimes in Darfur to justice, and she demanded "a dramatic shift" in the approach to arresting suspects.

Fatou Bensouda told the council that close to 10 years after it referred the conflict in western Sudan to the court, "systematic and widespread crimes continue to be committed with total impunity in Darfur".

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.

 The United Nations says 300 000 people have died in the conflict and 2.7 million have fled their homes.

The Security Council referred the Darfur conflict to the International Criminal Court in 2005, but has failed to pressure Sudan's government to arrest President Oman al-Bashir and others accused of war crimes.

Sudan refuses to recognize the court and refuses to hand over al-Bashir for trial on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

Bensouda accused the council of failing to take measures to pressure countries to arrest al-Bashir during his visits to other nations, especially those parties to the Rome statute that established the court who are required to arrest all fugitives sought by it.

Deep concern

"Darfur suspects remain at large, and no meaningful steps have been taken to apprehend them and bring them to justice," Bensouda said. "Time is long overdue for the government of the Sudan's consistent defiance of UN Security Council resolutions to be matched by this council's decisive action."

Bensouda expressed deep concern at the increasing violence in Darfur, "the immense number of people" who continue to be displaced by fighting, and ongoing aerial bombardments and armed attacks on civilians by pro-government Janjaweed militia.

 She singled out the newest version of the Janjaweed, the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan, saying its arrival in Darfur in February from North Kordofan coincides with 17 attacks in South and North Darfur, including a dozen where civilian villages were set ablaze.

"It is indeed an understatement to say that we have failed the Darfur victims who continue to bear the brunt of these crimes," Bensouda said.

She also called for a "thorough, independent and public inquiry" into recent allegations that the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur intentionally covered up crimes committed against civilians and peacekeepers, in particular those committed by the Sudanese government.

Three main rebel groups operating in Darfur demanded in late April that the UN investigate claims by the peacekeeping mission's former spokesperson, Aicha Elbasri, in Foreign Policy magazine about "lies, omissions, half-truths" in UN reporting about the long-running conflict.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...