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Sudan denies three opposition members from attending ICC conference

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May 29, 2010 (KHARTUM) — Sudan has banned three opposition members and rights activists from travelling to the Ugandan capital Kampala to attend a conference organized by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to review its statute since its entry into force on 1 July 2002.

A Sudanese burns a poster of the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on July 17, 2008Since the end of the elections last April, Sudanese security apparatus re-imposed censorship on the press, arrested opposition PCP leader Hassan Al-Turabi with four journalists working in a newspaper supporting his party. Officials from the ruling party justified the crackdown on political freedoms saying it’s time to allow them to implement their electoral pledges.

The Review Conference to be held from 31 May to 11 June will discuss ways to enlarge the attributions of the permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Also it will take stock of its implementation and impact.

The Rome Statute provides that a conference to review the founding treaty to be held seven years after the entry into force in 2002. The 111 State Parties should, among others, debate the definition of war of aggression, and the inclusion of drug trafficking and terrorism in the list of crimes within the court’s jurisdiction.

Sudanese authorities on Saturday morning barred Miriam Al-Mahdi of the Umma Party, Mahmoud Saleh of the Communist Party and Al-Bukhari Aljaali of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Amin Maki Mekki Madani, a rights defender and political activist had to depart in the afternoon but cancelled his trip after the incident.

Miriam Al Sadeq Al-Mahdi said they were on board when the security agents confiscated their passports and asked them to collect it from the headquarters of the National Security and Intelligence Services within a week.

Speaking in a press conference held in Khartoum, Miriam said the ban of travel was regrettable and dangerous adding it intervenes after a series of measures restricting freedoms in the country after "the rigged elections". She stressed the ICC invited her in her personal capacity and not as member of the opposition Umma led by her father Sadiq Al-Mahdi.

She demanded the security authorities to give them back their passports to catch another plane scheduled to fly to Kampala on Sunday.

Al-Bukhari who is also a professor of International law, criticized the denial of travel saying it was preferable for the security service to discuss their thoughts instead of barring them to travel. He further pointed out they did not coordinated in advance to attend the Review Conference.
The ICC issued three arrest warrants for the Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, a former state minister, Ahmed Haroun and a militia leader Ali Koushaib for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

The judges of The Hague based court are currently reviewing whether genocide charges should be added after an appeals chamber in the tribunal said that pre-trial chamber erred in the legal standards they used in deciding to scrap it in the warrant phase against President Bashir.

Earlier this month the ruling National Congress Party had distanced itself from Kampala conference. NCP senior official Ibrahim Ghandour said on May 8, that his government is "not concerned with any conferences or forums held in any country in Africa or the Third World countries," on the ICC; reminding that Sudan is not a state party of the founding treaty.

"Some circles in the countries of the African continent and the third world are working on the internationalization of local issues and having it monitored through the European courts, which contributes to the weakening of political decisions and local laws limiting the exercise of its work and professionalism" Ghandour further said.

Sudan, after the indictment of Bashir sought to have African countries withdraw from the court but the attempt failed. Later it urged these states to press for amendments to limit the ICC prosecutor’s powers and empower the UN General Assembly to defer the cases for 12 months under Article (16) of the Rome Statute.

Ghandour urged the African signatories meeting in Kampala to review the work of the "unfair practices of the court in Africa".

He added that that the West is implementing its agenda against African countries and their leaders through the ICC as a new form of neocolonialism noting this serves the goal of undermining the cause of national liberation advocated by some leaders of African States and allowing the court to censor them politically, economically and socially.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has brushed aside AU request to freeze Bashir’s warrant angering African countries which argued that failing to do so would jeopardize the fragile peace process in Sudan.

However both proposed amendments were dropped from the agenda of the Rome Statute Review conference to be held in Kampala next month.

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  • 30 May 2010 04:48, by Dinka Boy

    Why NCP jail Al- Turabi always.?
    This NCP under Bashier is a terror.
    Bashier must be hand to ICC because he is destroying the country and the lives of Sudanese.

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    • 30 May 2010 06:22, by Jonglei-watchdog

      There is one thing angels of Bashir the so-called National Security service should know is that Bashir is going to face justice at all cost. There is no one above the law and Bashir must be under the law.

      Stopping people (opposition Parties) from travelling will not surely help your criminal from Ocampo but instead discuss your problem with understanding and avoiding the criminal activities.

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      • 30 May 2010 08:25, by Black tiger

        NCP should stop flowring language to please African countries when they are in trouble.Arabs in the Sudan are double dealers, when they are in Khartoum and Arabian world, they become Arabs with their ideologies of Islamic, Again when they are in Africa especially at the time of seeking assistance from African Countries, they do sail in the same boat with the rest of Africans....where Arabs and their NCP belong?

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    • 30 May 2010 09:55, by Ambago

      Dear reader

      More security crack downs are expected in the coming days, especially so in South Sudan as Ali Osman Taha finally relocates to Juba to bribe the southerners and coerce them into accepting unity.

      Quoted: 28/05/10.

      "Yesterday SPLM leading figure Deng Alor said that Taha who handles the organization of the southern Sudan referendum on self determination, is expected to reside during the upcoming period in Juba". (Sudantribune)

      Should the above come to be, then southerners will understand what it means to live under a police state. What does it , that Ali Osman Taha is expected to reside in Juba in the coming period? Can’t he do whatever he wants o do from Khartoum.

      This will be the time that those patriots campaining for secession of south sudan will become prone to the NISS agents of both SPLM & NCP. Brothers and sisters open your eyes and the struggle continues.

      These bloody thirsty people will arrest every opposition as it is said so as to gain room to implement their lethal agenda of maintaining the unity of sudan through the rigging of the referendum votes.

      I hope that southerners are represented in the ICC conference coming up tomorrow in kampala? This is a cricial stage of our struggle and it must be fought at all fronts.

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      • 30 May 2010 19:53, by Kon Paul Awenchol

        Dear Readers of Sudan/World wide.
        When God created the World,God said nothing above the Law except the true God,even if Omar Bashir rested his feet in a closed door send of Sudan with his generals who have committed genocide in Darfur still he will be welding in Khartoum but yet he will follow the route of Saddam Hessian of Iraq. being a fool president does not make pure human being to mistreat your own people.the conference of ICC which is going to take place in Uganda should switch off Bashir rule in Sudan,justice must be shown to World,I know president Yuweri Massaveni will co-operate well with Rome statute to establish strong members of ICC and give them a fresh mandate and powers to deal with any disloyalty on the World right.Bashir must see the ICC office.Arresting Al trubi and others leaders from difference parties who have been invited in the conference will not stopped ICC persecutor from taking decisions,Obama administration will surely support the out come decision from ICC conference which will take place in Uganda.

        THE TRUE CITIZEN.

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