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ICC should investigate war crimes in S. Kordofan and Blue Nile: agency

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January 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should push for an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated by the Sudanese government in the conflict-torn states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, an aid agency said.

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The UK-based Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) made the call after its delegation, led by founder, Baroness Caroline Cox, conducted a two-week assessment of the troubled region.

In a statement released after the 4-18 January visit to Sudan, Cox argued the Sudanese government’s act of “deliberately” denying people life-saving aid constitutes “a crime against humanity.”

“If the UN Security Council will not agree [on] a resolution to this effect, an alternative appropriate body should initiate this request to the ICC,” she said.

The HART founder, renowned for fighting in support of the marginalised, also accuses the Khartoum regimes of using “genocidal” policies, while “seeing innocent civilians dying from military offensives, starvation and preventable disease.”

She said, “Khartoum is continuing to kill its own people with impunity. If the international community continues to fail to intervene in ways which will stop this ethnic cleansing of the peoples of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan it will be seen as complicit.”

The UN estimates up to 500,000 people have internally been displaced in the two states since conflict broke out between the Sudanese government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels in 2011.

At least 200,000 have also fled the conflict to neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia, with aid agencies anticipating a sharp rise in the numbers of these refugees.

Last year, the Sudanese government reluctantly accepted a tripartite proposal for humanitarian access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile, but humanitarian agencies say none has since been delivered.

“The tripartite agreement is seen as having done more harm than good, because without it, people would have made the journey to South Sudan earlier,” HART said in the statement.

The agency has urged the international community to put more pressure on Khartoum to immediately cease the aerial bombardment of civilians in the two-conflict states, allowing residents to return to their homes, live in security, harvest their crops and begin to restore essential services including education and health care.

Failure to take necessary measures to halt the sustained aerial bombardment is tantamount to condoning another attempted genocide, the statement said.

Early this year, a local-based agency linked to the SPLM-N claimed more than a million Sudanese currently live in constant fear of bombing and artillery attacks in the country’s rebel-held territories.

In a report, also extended to Sudan Tribune, the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SRRA) paints a horrifying picture of the fate of more than one million Sudanese living in Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The report, for instance, says 959 bombs were dropped in South Kordofan between June 2011 and the end of December 2012, killing about 101 civilians and injuring 189 persons, the majority of which were children and women. In Blue Nile’s Wadaka payam [district] about 1,205 people, half of them children, have reportedly starved to death, the report adds.

Established in June 2011, SRRA serves as the SPLM-N’s humanitarian arm, leading all humanitarian interventions in SPLM/A-N controlled areas in Sudan.

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  • 21 January 2013 12:22, by Pif Paf

    How about war crimes committed by SRF? What about the shelling of kadugli? What about the recruitment of child soldiers by JEM? How about investigating Israel attacks on Palestinian territories?
    Double standard good for nothing agency.

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    • 21 January 2013 12:29, by South South

      You can not investigate Almighty Israel about Palestinian because Israel is fighting terrorists. There is no double standard in it, but logic. Are you trying to compare Israel with Sudan ? No way my friend.

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      • 21 January 2013 12:50, by Pif Paf

        South,
        Regardless of the fight no innocent person should be killed, whether it is by Israel, Sudan or anybody else. Therefore if u want to investigate then u should investigate fairly and investigate each side, otherwise you would be breaking the very values which you were founded upon.

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        • 21 January 2013 14:37, by South South

          Pif Paf,
          Do you mean terrorists should not be killed ? Yes, they should die first before they take away life of innoncent people, that why our Almighty Israel is killing them to make the world a safe place for all. terrorists are not human but penguins.

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          • 21 January 2013 14:58, by Pif Paf

            south,
            Do u speak English ? Because i didn’t say anything about terrorists. What i said is everyone should be held accountable. Let me put it for you a way u can relate to.
            If someone steals your cow, he/she should be investigated, whether he/she is a dinka, nuer etc. Get it ??

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            • 21 January 2013 19:00, by South South

              Pif Paf,
              Please stop dancing around with me. This is what you said : "Regardless of the fight no innocent person should be killed". Are Palestinian innocent people ? And now you want to teach me English language. Israel has all rights to kill terrorists and if you do not like it, go and liberate Palestinian. I do not care about terrorists including members of discussion board in this website.

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              • 21 January 2013 19:12, by South South

                Pif Paf,
                Take this very straight from me. In war you kill people and break things to win the war, that is what our Israel is doing with terrorists. Why did all Arabs countries refused to welcome Palestinian in their lands ? When Palestinian in Lebanon, there was civil war, when they were in Syria, Syria army bombed them, when they were in Jordan, they caused many problems. Devils.

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              • 22 January 2013 04:30, by aguotwany@live.com

                South,Sudan, I think what is your opinion thinking and person you might in doubt could yours. Look , we belief in what can and will keep save from any difficult we face but value others and defense. If our ideas are collected there is great achievement a head . Let us stood support to our nation and above everything else. Let unite and be the strongest future to all of us. Followus@cargosudan.com/

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      • 21 January 2013 13:47, by Hardball

        ICC and UNSC are irrelevant; if they can’t arrest Bashir, the cause of all these atrocities; who is going to take them seriously? That’s just a waste of anyone time!

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    • 21 January 2013 16:30, by zulu

      Cute Pat,
      NCP have basicaly massacred and decimated the entire Nuba people. Is that quite comparable to the targeted killing, most of whom are SAF, killed by SRF? No! Instead of investigating, they should be armed to defend themselves

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    • 22 January 2013 04:34, by mohamed mahgoub

      Pif Paf or whatever this is invalid arguement and stupid one Israel killing it enemies- terrorists- while u killing ur own women& children when u suppose to protect them,they r ur own pple not enemies! lool ,u know Hitler before driving the Jews to the gas chambers he first stepped them from the Germany’s citizenship,so he w’ be free of the guilt of killing his own pple....

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  • 21 January 2013 12:24, by Jalaby

    What hypocrites and liars people!! stop having double standards you blue eyes people, SPLA-N used to shell Kadougly randomly and kills kids, infants and innocent people and you keep your mouths closed and your eyes blinded, SPLA-N used to abduct Chinese workers and that’s nothing but very clear act of terror and you say
    nothing!!

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    • 21 January 2013 12:30, by Jalaby

      SPLA-N used to assassinate their rival politicians in S Kordofan during the day light and you send invitation to criminals SPLA/M-N to come and visit US after all these types of terror activities they make everyday!!
      Blue eyes people should stop having double standards and only criminalizing Sudan government all the time, stop it you white trash!!

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      • 21 January 2013 13:20, by Nubian King

        Jallaby,
        It’s better to shut up than saying anything meaning/baseless.Can’t you one day speak anything that has sense and can eventually benefit a reader than keying in same things all the time?

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      • 21 January 2013 13:30, by Dawood

        Omar Bashir is well known for being a habitual brutal killer of it’s people. He has killed 2.5m in the south, hundreds of thousands in SK, BN, Darfur & eastern sudan-i.e the Beja region. That is what everyone including the blue eyes people knows. Just tell your master, Bashir to stop butchering people and stop using food as a weapon. Shame on you Jalaby for blindly supporting this murderous regim

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      • 21 January 2013 13:59, by Nuer Empire

        Gay Jallaby:Shut up the son of fake Arabs,terrorist and gay!Icc will take 2/3 of your gay leaders since terrorism,human right abuses are parts of your hobby!
        **THe Nuer Empire**

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      • 21 January 2013 14:43, by 4Justice


        Children hiding from Anatnov bombs in caves in the Nuba Mountain region

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      • 21 January 2013 14:49, by Runrach

        @ Jallaby ! How long are gonna defend your regime through their failures in finding some solutions in their political messes? Look how Al-Bashir ruins the country with wars. Wars and rebellions has now became an endemic cultures under Bashir compare to the past presidents/prime-ministers. I don’t personally blame S.Kordofan, Blue Nile, Durfurians and the rest who was once took an arms against NCP.

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      • 21 January 2013 16:35, by zulu

        Jalaby
        You **%$# liar. Do u mean to say when SPLA shell Kadugli, they aim children, women leaving the army? That’s just an absurd argument.

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      • 22 January 2013 04:43, by aguotwany@live.com

        Mr. Jalaby, what you thinking is going to end now. Off course you have slaughters thousands of Nuba people, Blue Nile and Darfur people and also you did not remember you terror and number one ever dated in 1990s and also proved itself. The international community is watching and prosecution will higher. Just wait and what is happening in Khartoum fears and expecting the worse. We can wait !

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      • 22 January 2013 06:00, by mogokafi

        What you meat by double standard Jalaby? The government had killed over a 1/4 million pple in Darfur and hundreds in both Blue Nile Nuba Mts in the eyes of the world and you still defending it. How absurd are you? a wise Sudanese cannot make such dull remarks you made, evil. We gave you everything in Sudan and yet you are ungrateful about that. Your time is coming soon.

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    • 21 January 2013 12:34, by South South

      Jalaby,
      Shut up penguin. SPLA/N shell Kadougly to kill penguins of NCP. The all world know that. For Chinese workers in Nuba Mountains, they are asking for what happened to them. This is area where there is civil war in Sudan. What are they doing there ? Helping penguins of NCP ? SPLA/N knows all these things.

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  • 21 January 2013 12:29, by william

    ICC should not bother this time because since it declared the indictment for bashir as a wanted criminal the UNSC has not executes nor talks about him. Likewise, the Darfur issue, south sudan pending issues,southern Kordafan and blue Nile were used as business fields by supper powers. I know the will not listen, despite the have seen genocidal acts been done no matter what.

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    • 21 January 2013 12:39, by South South

      William,
      They will get him in the end. Mark my words. The culutre of the west is totally very different from the Arabs one. Bashir with end up in one of these two places: 1- Either he die while he is still in the office. or 2- He Ends up in Jail ( ICC). The man is dead even though he is still moving.

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      • 21 January 2013 14:28, by william

        South, why I said this is because the international communities were been applying delay tactics since then. If you can see the issue of Abyei which was ruled to be for nine ngok dinka chiefdom yet the national criminal party is insisting, no popular consultation in blue nile and southern kordefan as agreed in CPA. Therefore ncp defiance to international laws is not new at all.For me to alleviate

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        • 21 January 2013 14:33, by william

          The situation in three regions just to provide heavy weaponary to indigenious to protect themselves becuase terrorist can listen only to language of gun and defeat.If you can agree with me.

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    • 21 January 2013 13:02, by Paul Ongee

      The National Criminal Party’s hands are bloody and likely to continue since political setllement is comfortably replaced with aerial bombardment in the very eyes of the AU, Arab League and UN/UNSC. Whether an ex-president or a sitting head of State is issued with arrest warrant by ICC, make no mistake that he will peacefully step down or resort to political solution without massacre. No way.

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      • 21 January 2013 13:11, by Paul Ongee

        Any difference between the autocratic regime in Sudan and Syria? No. They do whatever they can to stay in power at any cost before international community chanllenges them. The world still believes that perhaps one day they will change their political/military color for democratic transformation.

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    • 21 January 2013 13:37, by Dawood

      Every lost soul under Bashir’r rule need justice. The ICC will bring it to him as long as he did die from his cancer before facing the Hague.

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  • 21 January 2013 13:05, by Makunon

    Anybody who committed crimes against humanity must be trial regardless of his Country, status, religions or rank.Stop bullshit

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  • 21 January 2013 13:09, by Nubian King

    Keeping silent as things unfold won’t make your mouth stink. British govt will be to blame for all the messes in Sudan (south included)coz it gave power to visitors and advised them not to handover it to anyone of different race.So why condemn the act of illiterates whom told to do so??=meaningless.your speeches won’t make you look special to us, just know that!

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  • 21 January 2013 13:17, by master

    she is prostitute

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    • 21 January 2013 13:22, by master

      prostitutor

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    • 21 January 2013 21:43, by zulu

      Sweet Pussy Mistress,
      You mean to tell me that her busy is better than yours?

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    • 22 January 2013 03:06, by Observer

      Master
      And what makes you say that? The only way someone knows that someone is a prostitute is by using her services. What happened- did you laugh at your small manhood.
      Why is it that as soon as a woman makes a statement that you don;t like you always call them a prostitute? That behaviour shows you up for the insignificant little man you are.
      Pathetic behaviour.

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  • 21 January 2013 13:35, by Man without fear

    To: HART and ICC enjoy ur proposals money ,you have nothing to do about the Marginalise ppl in Sudan. Every year u talk of ICC to intervene and yet u do nothing . If it is a field for u where u proposed the agenda so that u get more funds then fuck ur damn shit n go back to uur state.

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  • 21 January 2013 14:49, by Foxtail

    let the toothless ICC first executes the iddictement on the fifty-two suspects in sudan than to investigate and issue unimplemented arrest warrant. ICC is just vacant created to chew world’s money and over

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    • 21 January 2013 18:08, by Peacocktail

      Croxy should campaign for Support SRF and NEW DAWN SUDAN....
      toothless ICC, there is simple equation the Inter-community should be tasked is to support the NEW DAWN SUDAN revolution through SRF and supply them with modern weapons and Ammunitions with funds. The Story of GENOCIDE shall end... Indicted leaders shall finally be caught in a day light in Sudan as soon NCP is gone and full stop.

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      • 21 January 2013 18:15, by Peacocktail

        My heart bleed if I see innocent children being victimize and force to death by Khartuom NCP... Why did God created them forsure..... God knows their destiny if they curse the land and placentas of virgin Nubians and Funj mothers.Bashir had prove to the Sudanese and International community that He had not bear any child from Virgin beauty Sudanese.Pain of losing your children and women is a curse.

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