Dismay as China fails to arrest Bashir
Geneva - The UN rights chief expressed disappointment on Thursday that China failed to arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges, during his visit to Beijing.
"There is a duty and responsibility of every government, including China, to assist the court in bringing to justice" individuals who are sought for alleged violations, said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"It is disappointing when states do not deliver on this responsibility," she said.
Bashir arrived in Beijing on Wednesday and was given a red-carpet welcome by Chinese President Hu Jintao, to the anger of Washington and rights groups.
The Sudanese president is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred in the Darfur region, where about 300 000 people have died since 2003.