Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of Bashir visits

2018-07-12 16:05
Omar al-Bashir  (File: AFP)

Omar al-Bashir (File: AFP)

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

Video

ICC ruling: What is Al-Bashir accused of?

2017-07-07 13:20

The ICC ruled on Thursday that South Africa is guilty of not arresting Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, during his visit to the country following his indictment for crimes against humanity in 2008. Watch. WATCH

Sudan summoned the European Union ambassador to its country on Wednesday to protest against an EU statement criticising Uganda and Djibouti for hosting its President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

The Hague-based ICC has issued arrest warrants against Bashir, accusing him of war crimes and genocide in the deadly conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur that erupted in 2003.

Sudan's foreign ministry said it rejects the EU's criticism that Djibouti and Uganda "did not surrender" Bashir during his recent visits there.

"The ministry of foreign affairs summoned today the EU ambassador to express Sudan's regret and rejection of EU's statement that puts pressure on African countries and calls on them to accept allegations of ICC about Sudan," the ministry said in a statement.

Bashir visited Uganda last week for a summit with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to negotiate a deal aimed at ending the war in South Sudan.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

He also travelled to Djibouti to attend a ceremony marking the launch of the first phase of Africa's biggest free-trade zone.

Both Djibouti and Uganda are parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC and accordingly are obligated to arrest Bashir on their territory.

"President Bashir is doing his duty according to the mandate given by IGAD states to bring peace to South Sudan," the foreign ministry said, referring to Intergovernmental Authority on Development - a regional trade block - that is pushing a fresh bid to end the war in South Sudan.

Bashir is currently hosting talks in Khartoum between South Sudan's warring factions to end the war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced nearly four million since it broke out in December 2013.

Bashir faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the conflict in Darfur.

The war in Darfur broke out when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency.

The UN Security Council asked the ICC in 2005 to investigate the crimes in Darfur, where the UN estimates at least 300 000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced.

Bashir denies the charges, and his visit to South Africa in 2015 triggered a major controversy.

Last year the ICC ruled that South Africa had failed in its duties to the court when it refused to arrest Bashir.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  omar al-bashir  |  djibouti  |  sudan  |  uganda  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Cluster Financial Manager

Cape Town
Network Finance
R950 000.00 - R1 000 000.00 Per Year

IT Manager (contract)

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Cape Town IT
R330 000.00 - R458 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

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.