Bashir: “We Have Not Killed Our Citizens”

In a recent interview with BBC, indicted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir denied that his government did anything wrong in Darfur –

The source of the violence in Darfur is caused by a tribal struggle…the government is playing the role of intervention to help stop this struggle…I challenge anybody to bring me evidence which proves the Sudanese armed forces attacked and killed citizens in Darfur…we have never fought against our citizens, we have not killed our citizens.

Bashir maintains that the “media propaganda” surrounding Darfur is nothing more than a conspiracy against Sudan.

What happened in Darfur was an insurgency…the state has the responsibility to fight the rebels…any state in the world and any responsible government would fight those who raise arms against it.

Bashir Indictment: The Days After

A lot is going on right now in Darfur and Sudan overall. Here are some highlights – 

The UN Security Council remains undivided about a response to Sudan’s expulsion of aid groups.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, believes the expulsion will leave Darfur aid “irrevocably damaged” yet the Sudanese government maintains that its decision is “irrevocable“.

Khartoum has accused the aid groups of being “thieves” and “messing up everything as far as stability and security in Darfur”.

Despite the issuance of an arrest warrant for him, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir remains defiant. Less than 24 hours after his indictment, Bashir was seen smiling and dancing in the streets with supporters.

Displaying indifference to the ICC’s decision, Bashir uttered these words –

The true criminals are the leaders of the United States and Europe…one day we will take them to justice.

Bashir traveled to Darfur Sunday, where he delivered a strict warning to diplomatic missions in Sudan –

If anyone goes further than the rule of the country, we will kick them out directly. 

Breaking News about Bashir Indictment

Get out your planner and circle Wednesday, March 4th.

According to the International Criminal Court, this is the day on which it will announce its ruling on the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir is facing allegations of murder, deportation, torture, rape, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and extermination.

“No One Will Give A Damn”

Today, the US, Britain, and France announced their opposition to any deferral of an International Criminal Court indictment of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.

On Wednesday, the UN said that the ICC had decided to issue an arrest warrant for the man behind the Darfur genocide. However, Thursday, the ICC denied that a decision had been made.

If a warrant is issued, Bashir would become the first sitting head-of-state to be indicted.

Sudanese officials continue to dismiss allegations against Bashir.

In the words of Sudan’s UN ambassador –

For us, this so-called indictment doesn’t exist. No one will give a damn in the country. If it has any merit, it has united the whole Sudanese people around our president.

The ambassador also vowed that Sudan will not cooperate with the ICC.