Title: U.S calls on South Africa to support ICC efforts to arrest Sudan president
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 06-15-2015, 02:51 PM
02:51 PM Jun, 15 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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The United States government has expressed “deep concern” over the travel of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to South Africa for the African Union summit.
Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby on Sunday said that Obama administration was appealing to the South African government to support efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to apprehend Al-Bashir.
“While the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which sets out the crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, we strongly support international efforts to hold accountable those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” he said.
“In light of the atrocities in Darfur, we call on the government of South Africa to support the international community's efforts to provide justice for the victims of these heinous crimes,” he added.
South African court issued a temporarily barred the Sudanese President from leaving the country.
On Sunday, the Pretoria High Court said in a statement it was “compelling respondents to prevent President Omar al-Bashir from the leaving the country until an order is made in this Court.”
The summit is chaired by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who has urged African leaders to pull out of the ICC, which critics accuse of unfairly targeting Africa.
In a statement, the ICC called on South Africa “to spare no effort in ensuring the execution of the arrest warrants” against Al-Bashir
According to the United Nations, more than 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Darfur and fighting has forced some 2.5 million people to flee their homes. Khartoum, however, disputes the figures, estimating the death toll at no more than 10,000.
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