ICC Prosecutor Answers Your Questions

Recently, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the courageous man behind Omar al-Bashir’s arrest warrant, answered questions submitted by the public through a website.

Some of the questions asked included the following –

What can be done to stop Bashir when he is hosted by the Arab League summit and treated with honor and respect?

What do you see as the greatest impediment to justice in Darfur?

What are the top 3 things the US can/should do to help the ICC’s Darfur cases?

Click here to listen to the podcast for Moreno-Ocampo’s answers.

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“The King is Naked”

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has again asserted that he received “zero” information from humanitarian groups in Darfur.

He also dismissed the idea that the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir directly caused the subsequent expulsion of aid organizations –

It is very interesting, the prosecutor is responsible not the criminal? The king is naked. It is not my responsibility that he is naked.

The devastating effects of aid groups being kicked out are beginning to come to fruition. One Darfur IDP camp is expected to experience a severe water shortage. The camp, designed to hold only 30,000 people, is currently home to 80,000.

ReliefWeb has released a great diagram showing the extent that various humanitarian assistance projects in Sudan are affected by the aid group expulsion – including water and sanitation, food security, health and nutrition, and shelter. Affected beneficiaries amount to as high as 1.5 million.

ICC Prosecutor – Pushing Forward Not Moving On

On March 4th, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir – charging him with 5 counts of crimes against humanity and 2 counts of war crimes.

The first-ever indictment of an active head of state – one would think that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the main man behind the Bashir arrest warrant, would be overwhelmingly pleased with the decision.

However, for Moreno-Ocampo, while the ICC’s decision is significant and a step in the right direction, it is not enough.

Moreno-Ocampo has filed an application to appeal the arrest warrant’s absence of genocide charges against Bashir requested by the ICC prosecutor.

According to Moreno-Ocampo –

Killings, as a matter of law and as a matter of fact, are not the only way to commit genocide…the majority decision has misunderstood the prosecution’s arguments pertaining to the test to be applied for genocide…the decision contains fundamental errors.

With each passing day, I continue to be more amazed and more inspired by Moreno-Ocampo’s commitment and resolve to the pursuit of justice. The issuance of an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes is a victory on its own. However, Moreno-Ocampo knows that what he has seen in Darfur is genocide and will not stop until it’s called by its rightful name.

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. 

Al-Bashir to justice now

As expected, earlier today the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir.  This is the first time in history that a sitting head of state has been indicted.

The first opportunity to arrest [Omar] Al-Bashir will be next week when he is due to travels to Qatar… it remains to be seen what Qatar will do next and of course what the rest of the international community will do…

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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.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Sudanese President

According to the Sudan Tribune, International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have decided to issue an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan.

Their decision could be made public as early as next week.

It appears that the moment so many people have been waiting for is now right around the corner.