ICC Wants Arrest Warrants for Darfur Rebels

69Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), requested arrest warrants for three Darfur rebels believed to have killed twelve African Union peacekeepers in September 2007.

According to Ocampo, “no one who’s attacked peacekeepers will be immune“.

The significance of Ocampo’s actions and words cannot be overlooked. Enough, an organization aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity, hit the nail on the head when it stated yesterday that this shows the ICC will “pursue justice with an even hand” and the Sudanese government’s claims of unfair treatment by the ICC are “without merit”.

Ocampo’s message is clear – it does not matter whether you are a powerful government official, prominent rebel leader, or recognized militiaman. If you contribute to the undermining of peace in Darfur, you will be held accountable.

Kudos once again to Luis for his refusal to stand by idly.