The Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association has called upon the international community, the members of the UN Security Council, the EU, and the AU to âactively cooperate with the International Criminal Court, and arrest the perpetrators of crimes in Darfurâ.
The spokesman for the Association, Hussein Abu Sharati, told Radio Dabanga onÂ SundayÂ that the displaced are disappointed about the international communityâs silence regarding the ongoing violence in Darfur. He praised ICC prosecutors Luis Moreno Ocampo, who filed the case against Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, and his successor Fatou Bensouda, for âtheir efforts to reach justice for the people in Darfurâ.
He expressed the Associationâs strong criticism of the UN Security Councilâs inertia regarding the arrest warrants for Al Bashir, Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Hussein, North Kordofan Governor Ahmed Haroun, and militia leader Ali Kushayb, and urged the Council to âfully cooperate with the ICCâ.
Bensouda issued a statement to the council on Monday, explaining the hibernation of the investigations into war crimes in Darfur. She stated to remain âopen to constructively engage with the Council on the Darfur issueâ.
Deteriorating conflicts in Sudan
âIn the almost ten years that my Office has been reporting to this Council, there has never been a strategicÂ recommendationÂ provided to my Office, neither have there been any discussions resulting in concrete solutions for the problems we face in the Darfur situation,â the ICC prosecutor stressed.
The recent allegations of a mass rape in North Darfur âshould be a matter of great concern to this councilâ, and it should strongly condemn the Sudanese government's âfailure to facilitate access to Tabit [village, where the rape reportedly took place on 31 October] and should demand unimpeded full investigations of these crimes without delayâ.
Bensouda shared the councilâs âdeep concern at the serious deterioration of the security situation in Darfurâ. Last Friday, the members of the UNSC released a press statement, in which they said to regret the deadlock in the two peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebel parties on the conflict in Darfur, as well as in South Kordofan and Blue Nile (âthe Two Areasâ).
The members called upon all parties in Sudan to allow humanitarian organisations into the Two Areas, where fighting continues to affect civilians. They further noted that process has been made in the two peace tracks under the auspices of the African Union panel (AUHIP), and asked the parties to re-join the negotiation tables in January 2015.
File photo: Woman in a camp for displaced people in North Darfur (UN)