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Warrant Issued for President of Sudan, But Will There Be Peace?

Warrant Issued for President of Sudan, But Will There Be Peace?

The International Criminal Court has charged President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. However the ICC did not go as far as to charge him with genocide, citing insufficient evidence. Sudan is now legally obligated to arrest President al-Bashir, but the ICC has no police force or military to enforce this mandate.

Supporters of the president took to the streets of the capital Khartoum to protest the charges. Many viewed the charges as an attack on Sudan by the West. “Why do they do this to Sudan, and never to the leaders of America?” one protester asked.

However not everyone supports the president, especially those affected by the violence in Darfur, but they are afraid to speak out for fear of reprisals. Some speculate that the warrant could lead to further instability by exacerbating tensions between supporters and opposers of the president.

Desmond Tutu, activist and former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, argues in an op-ed piece for The New York Times, “There can be no real peace and security until justice is enjoyed by the inhabitants of the land. There is no peace precisely because there is no justice.” While Tutu conveys a simple truth, the actual execution of peace and justice will be far from simple, given the government’s unwillingness to cooperate. Aid organizations such as Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders had their operating licenses revoked hours after the ICC issued its ruling.

The U.N. estimates that over the past six years approximately 300,000 have died and 2.5 million have been displaced as a result of the conflict in Darfur.

To go beyond the headlines and get a better sense of the situation, check out a Q & A session with NY Times correspondent Nicholas D. Kristof.

And tell U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to pressure the government of Sudan to keep humanitarian aid in the country by signing the petition!

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5:49PM PDT on Mar 12, 2009

I agree with you completely, Kliint. I have written to the UN requesting attention to these matters. Maybe more people should do the same.

2:22PM PDT on Mar 12, 2009

If the war crimes of Isreal and The bush administration are not addressed as well, this this means nothing for international justice. It also shows the world that the west is untouchable which is a very dagerous message. And what about the oppression in africa from the U.K and France that never went punished?

10:58PM PDT on Mar 10, 2009

I see that the UN is very brave when it comes to charging President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. However the ICC seems to lose its courage when it comes to the George Bush administration in the US!!!!!

8:32AM PDT on Mar 10, 2009

Who are the permanent members of the UN Security Council? China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. Who are the biggest arms dealer and suppliers of weapons of death and mass destruction? These same countries. Who supplied Sudan with money and weapons to kill and maim it's people? These same countries. This is a kangaroo court, and in order to try to look legitmate, they pick a tiny isolated dictator to arrest. There are many African dictators who kill their people... not with guns or bombs, but with brutal policies, that drain resources for healthcare, education, and social activities all supported by these same countries above who control the world bank, and IMF. If they want to catch dictators and mass murderers, let them look at those in suits also, not just those who wield power through the barrel of a gun.

This is the era of Transparency and truth must be told.

11:50AM PDT on Mar 9, 2009

I agree with Hashem Irshaid completely.

4:29AM PDT on Mar 9, 2009

For international justice , International Criminal Court (ICC) should charge G. Bush and Israeli leaders with war crimes and crimes against humanity too. ICC should open its two eyes on all crimes around the world. Victims everywhere are victims, and the murderers everywhere are murderers. ICC now is opening just one eye.

7:52AM PST on Mar 6, 2009

GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!

7:51AM PST on Mar 6, 2009

aND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOOON!!Good job!!go withgOD!! !!

5:45PM PST on Mar 5, 2009

Well,its about Time they charged President Omar al-Bashir with those Crimes!He should be Prosicuted to the Full Extent of the Law!

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