ICC prosecutor calls for end of impunity in Darfur

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YORK – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Wednesday, called for end impunity for crimes committed in Darfur, urging the UN Security Council to take action against Sudan.

Fatou Bensouda made the call in York while briefing the council the progress the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in which six have been indicted for crimes against humanity in the war in Darfur.

She also said Sudan was yet to comply arrest warrants issued by the court.

The prosecutor said the Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir and four other Sudanese officials are wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity charges relating to the war in Darfur, which began in 2003.

Bensouda said close to 10 years since the Security Council’s referral the situation in Darfur to the ICC, systematic and widespread crimes continue to be committed total impunity in Darfur.

“It is indeed an understatement to say we have failed the Darfur victims who continue to bear the brunt of these crimes,” she said.

Bensouda said the resistance of Sudan and its allies to arrest the indicted suspects undermines the credibility of the ICC and the Security Council.

“Time is long overdue for the of Sudan’s consistent defiance of UN Security Council resolutions to be matched by this council’s decisive action,” she added.

According to her, the court relies on member states to make arrests, al-Bashir, against whom the ICC issued arrest warrants in 2009 and 2010, but he has since limited travels to African and Arab nations.

Reports say more than 200,000 are believed to have died in the conflict, while more than 2.8 million were forced to flee their homes. (dpa/NAN)