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Tom
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Tell the UN Security Council not to suspend the ICC investigations President al-Bashir of Sudan to answer charges of war crimes and genocide in Darfur. The arrest warrants are the only leverage that the international community has to to stop the genocide.



   

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Tom M (814)
Tuesday March 17, 2009, 2:21 am
Your Excellency,

I am concerned that the Security Council may seek to invoke article 16 of the Rome Statute with regards to the International Criminal Court’s investigations into President al-Bashir for acts of genocide and war crimes.

Article 16 was envisaged as a method of suspending investigations if priorities of peace and security compel a delay of international justice. It was not intended to be a route for suspected perpetrators to threaten to commit further crimes unless investigations were suspended. Yet it is threats emanating from Khartoum which drive the calls to invoke Article 16.

The arrest warrants have been almost the only point of leverage that the international community have in their dealings with the Government of Sudan. The UNSC should not waste this opportunity by employing Article 16 prematurely, unless there is proof that President al-Bashir is changing his policies. The benchmarks against which the regime should be judged should include the following:

• Unconditional peace talks, and a clearly-demonstrated willingness to achieve a ceasefire in Darfur.

• A resolution acceptable to internally displaced people regarding their return or resettlement.

• Genuine cooperation with the UNAMID peacekeeping force and all humanitarian organisations working in the Darfur region.

• The surrender of Ahmad Harun, and ‘Ali Kuyshab’ to the ICC and the creation of robust justice and reconciliation mechanisms within Darfur to address the grievances of, and provide compensation to, all victims of the conflict.

• Expedited implementation of the CPA.

• An improved democratic climate in advance of the national elections in 2009, through the reform of national security and intelligence law and the media laws.

To invoke article 16 without movement towards these benchmarks would frustrate the UNSC’s mandate to promote peace and security.

I therefore ask that you do not support any resolution deferring ICC action against President al-Bashir in the absence of confirmed progress by Khartoum.

Will you do this? I look forward to hearing back from you.
 

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday March 17, 2009, 3:31 am
Action taken. Noted with thanks Tom.

Thank you -- Grazie -- Gracias -- Merci -- Hvala



 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday March 17, 2009, 3:25 pm
noted and aigned
 

Kirsikka A (107)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 3:54 am
Noted and signed. Thank you, Tom!
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 4:09 am
Signed...now we wait and watch.
 

ROBIN M (312)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 5:34 am
NOTED AND SIGNED.
 

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 5:41 am
Noted and signed Tom Thanks
 

Leigh B (211)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 8:10 am
Signed and noted, thanks Tom!
 

Stan B (123)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 2:30 pm
Signed Tom. One has to wonder how many more of these poor people will die before effective action is taken to remove al-Bashir and his hench-men.Why are other African nations allowing this terrible situation to continue?
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 12:00 am
Thank you -- Grazie -- Gracias -- Merci -- Hvala

Thank YOU, Tom!
noted.
 

Liz D (70)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 9:42 am
Noted and signed
 
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