ICC considering more Darfur war crimes

2012-12-13 21:56
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Reef Fishes and Corals
    This colourful guide contains concise information on 234 reef fish and 36 coral species found along... Now R175.00
    buy now

New York - The International Criminal Court prosecutor may seek new war crimes charges against leading Sudanese officials over the Darfur conflict, she said on Thursday.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council that aerial bombardments of civilians, deadly attacks on UN peacekeepers and humanitarian aid convoys "may constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide."

The ICC has already issued arrest warrants against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and other top government and militia figures over the conflict, now nearing its tenth year in which the UN says at least 300 000 people have died.

Bensouda said her office is considering whether further charges are justified. Sudan's UN envoy called her comments "shameful."

The conflict has seen a new surge this year with Sudanese war planes attacking villages and at least six UN peacekeepers have been killed in ambushes and other incidents in the last six months.

A written report by the ICC prosecutor to the Security Council also highlighted attacks by rebel groups and their alleged use of child soldiers. But government forces are at the centre of Bensouda's investigations.

"The words of the government of Sudan representatives, promising further peace initiatives, are undermined by actions on the ground that show an ongoing commitment to crimes against civilians as a solution to the government's problems in Darfur," the prosecutor said.

Bensouda urged the 15-member Security Council to take action to back efforts to carry out the existing arrest warrants.

"The question that remains to be answered is how many more civilians must be killed, injured and displaced for this Council to be spurred into doing its part?" she said.

Janjaweed

Ethnic minority rebels in the western region launched an uprising against the Arab-dominated government in 2003. The ICC charges in 2005 followed attacks by the army and its feared Janjaweed militia ally against Darfur towns and villages.

Although violence is down from its peak, more than one million people remain displaced in camps, villages have been razed, and rebel-government fighting, banditry, inter-Arab and tribal disputes continue to afflict the region.

The ICC's written report to the Security Council highlighted accounts that shelling in the Hashaba area of North Darfur in September had killed at least 60 civilians with scores more killed in air raids and bombardments between July and October.

The ICC said that widespread rapes in Darfur were being under-reported because of "the reported persecution of of those who speak out about rape by the Sudanese Security Forces."

On top of Bashir, the ICC has issued warrants for defence minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein, Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb and former interior minister for state Ahmed Harun.

Bensouda highlighted growing frustration at the failure to secure their arrests and said the Security Council must act.

"Victims of Darfur crimes can hardly wait for the day that fragmentation and indecision will be replaced by decisive, concrete and tangible actions they expect from this council," she said.

The African Union has called for the suspension of the Darfur arrest warrants. Only seven countries on the 15-nation Security Council are also ICC members.

Bensouda, who became ICC prosecutor this year, came under fierce attack from Sudan's UN ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman.

"We had expected that the court would abstain from unsubstantiated reports not backed up by the facts," Osman said.

The ICC report was "in total contradiction to the reality in Darfur" and Bensouda had taken "a shameful approach despite positive changes taking place in Darfur," he added.

Read more on:    omar al-bashir  |  fatou bensouda  |  sudan  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The quest for understanding has reached a new intense emotional level. The more tempestuous your emotions are, the bigger the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.