Home | News    Wednesday 1 July 2015

ICC prosecutor vows to continue efforts to arrest the Sudanese president


June 30, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda has pledged to continue her efforts to arrest the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who is wanted by the court since 2009.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), briefs the Security Council at a meeting on the situation in Darfur (UN Photo)

She called in her statement to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in Darfur on Monday evening for “devising concrete and effective strategies for the arrest of accused persons wanted by the court, and to give the ICC the full support it requires and is entitled to, in order to implement the Rome Statute as intended”.

The ICC prosecutor urged the States Parties to plan for the arrest of each individual wanted by the court in a targeted and efficient manner, saying “the longer such persons remain at large, the greater the risk that further atrocities will be committed, contributing to instability and insecurity”.

She added that her office’s determination to bring independent and impartial justice to the people of Sudan remains unshaken.

“Bashir’s recent rapid departure from South Africa proves that the warrants of arrest against him are as valid as they were when issued; that they remain in full force and effect, and that my Office is committed to ensure they are executed”, she added

On 14 June, Bashir participated in the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg defying two ICC arrest warrants against him for war crimes and genocide in Darfur region in March 2009 and July 2010.

However, he left South Africa few hours before judges at the High Court handed down a decision ordering his arrest.

A high court in Pretoria slammed the South African government for failing to arrest Bashir and defying an order barring his departure until his case is decided.

Bashir doesn’t recognize the ICC and sees it as a tool used by colonial powers against Sudan and the African nations.

The prosecutor pointed out that the deteriorating security situation in Darfur continues to be a matter of great concern for her office, for the broader international community and for this UNSC.
“Innocent civilians continue to bear the brunt of insecurity and instability, in particular as a result of what appears to be an on-going government campaign to target them.” she said

She said that the people alleged to be most responsible for the ongoing atrocities in Darfur, are the same people against whom warrants of arrest have already been issued, stressing that arresting them and bringing them to face justice is the only way to stop these crimes.

The Sudanese army and its allied militia conducted a brutal counter-insurgency campaign following the start of a rebellion in Darfur 2003.

UN agencies estimate as many as 300,000 people have been killed and almost 3 million were displaced.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

In memory of Kerbino Wol 2020-06-29 08:17:47 By Robert Portada On 5 June 2020, Kerbino Wol announced that he was standing in solidarity with fellow citizens deep in the sacred land of South Sudan and launching the official manifesto of the (...)

Sudan: Dynamics of change and resistance of political parties to change  2020-06-26 19:15:55 By: Hussein Arko Menawi When we look at the political timeline in Sudan it gives us strong evidence, how the political future in Sudan is critical, bleak and confusing. It is also a good (...)

Sudan’s legitimate request for UN assistance. Who the opponents are and what their ulterior motives? (3-3) 2020-06-26 12:08:29 By: Trayo A. Al Ali Trayo Keep the focus on: Regardless of any inadvertent diversion punctuates the course of this discussion, it is extremely important for the reader to strickly keep the focus (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.