Dismay as China fails to arrest Bashir

2011-06-30 14:00

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.

  • slg - 2011-06-30 14:38

    A shocking disregard for international law and human rights. All Chinese people should hang their heads in shame and demand change from their government, or change their government.

      2002 - 2011-06-30 15:13

      Ooh please. First send De Klerk to ICC then you will be talking. ICC is racist in highest order. Why is it only after certain continent leaders and of certain race, selective .

      Zanu - 2011-06-30 20:53

      while at the icc

  • Gavin - 2011-06-30 14:51

    Wow, color me surprised, the commies let a crook slip away. One day China will rule the world and everything will be made out of plastic.

      2002 - 2011-06-30 15:18

      when the world have run out of steel, yeah, why not plastic?, given the rate of iron mining in the world

  • tdk25 - 2011-06-30 15:09

    The real surprise is not that the Chinese failed to arrest Bashir (it was expected). The real surprise (and downright hypocracy) is that Western countries who "like to hold the moral high ground" still do business with China, Saudi Arabia and all other countries who violate human rights everyday!

  • 2002 - 2011-06-30 15:23

    ICC must first show no selective approach to who they see to have committed crime against humanity. Was it not crimes against humanity for America to kill inocent Iraqis?, under falls pretences of WMD,. First ICC must issue warrant of arrest to GB, TB, and their co-op

      Megan - 2011-10-14 16:34

      Exactly. The world needs an international crime court that is not run by an organisation that only hold a few countries interests at heart. The ICC should be a completely independant entity, representing the interest of the entire world, not just America.

  • Patrick - 2011-06-30 15:23

    Good. Then the ULK and US must arrest the israeli terrorists every time they set foot over there. Be good to see NitWitYahoo in a cell, where he belongs.

      Zanu - 2011-06-30 20:56

      Israel is right in defending themselves against people like you & other terrorists

      Nxumalo - 2011-10-14 15:49

      Dude do not talk like that about Yisrael because they are not about to disappear! Are you of Arabic origins? I do not think a lot of people share your sentiments in southern africa- yes in libya, sudan, egypt they would.

  • 2002 - 2011-06-30 15:25

    The third-world will forever dance to the tunes of the West, with the support of their citizens.

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