ICC Prosecutor calls on Security Council to help bring high-profile indictees to justice for Darfur war crimes

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

15 December 2015 – The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today chided the United Nations Security Council for its “empty promises” to bring Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to trial for atrocities in Darfur, even as his victims cry out for justice amid indiscriminate killings and mass rape.

“Despite my repeated requests for the Council to take action with respect to Sudan’s blatant disregard of its obligations, and in violation of [it’s] resolutions, my appeals continue to be unheeded,” Fatou Bensouda told the 15-member body, noting that it was the Council itself which had referred the case of Sudan to the ICC more than 10 years ago. Continue reading

Security Council inaction on Darfur ‘can only embolden perpetrators’ – ICC prosecutor

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

12 December 2014 – The Security Council must rethink its approach to the deteriorating crisis in Darfur and fully pursue those individuals deemed responsible for atrocities, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the body today as she firmly criticized its lack of action on crimes committed in the war-torn region.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to appear before you and purport to be updating you when all I am doing is repeating the same things I have said over and over again, most of which are well known to this Council,” Fatou Bensouda lamented in her statement this morning. “To date, none of these individuals have been brought to justice, and some of them continue to be implicated in atrocities committed against innocent civilians.” Continue reading

ICC Prosecutor calls on Saudi Arabia to halt Omer Al Bashir

Fatou Bensouda - ICC Prosecutor

Fatou Bensouda – ICC Prosecutor

On 1 October 2014, the Chamber received the Notification in which the Prosecutor avers, on the basis of news reports, that Mr. Al Bashir “arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, 30 September [2014], to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage”. It was further reported that he “was received in the coastal city of Jeddah by the prince of Mecca province, Mashaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on 30 September [2014]” and that he later “met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence”. Accordingly, the Prosecutor requests the Chamber to take steps to ensure that the warrants of arrest issued by the Court against Mr. Al Bashir are executed. Continue reading

ICC Trial Chamber IV issues arrest warrant against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain

Press Release : 11/09/2014

Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain

Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain

ICC Trial Chamber IV issues arrest warrant against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain

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Situation: Darfur, Sudan

Case: The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain

 Today, 11 September 2014, Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued, by majority, an arrest warrant against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain. Three charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan) were confirmed against him on 7 March 2011. The Chamber vacated the trial date previously scheduled to open on 18 November 2014 and directed the ICC Registry to transmit the new requests for arrest and surrender to any State, including the Sudan, on whose territory Mr Banda may be found. Continue reading

We Have Failed Darfur’s Victims, International Criminal Court Prosecutor

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

 

 

We Have Failed Darfur’s Victims, International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Tells Security Council, Noting Continuing ‘Total Impunity’

Systematic and wide-spread crimes continued to be committed with total impunity in Darfur nearly 10 years since the situation there was referred to the International Criminal Court, Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council today.

“It is indeed an understatement to say that we have failed Darfur’s victims who continue to bear the brunt of these crimes,” Ms. Bensouda said, presenting her nineteenth report. Continue reading

ICC Prosecutor Urges Support in Arresting Darfur Suspects

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

 

UNITED NATIONS — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is asking the U.N. Security Council to take action to help see that individuals indicted in war crimes cases in Sudan’s Darfur region are delivered to The Hague for prosecution.

 Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the 15-nation council that in the almost 10 years since the council first referred the situation in Darfur to the international court, grave crimes still continue unabated because perpetrators think they are safe from arrest and prosecution. Continue reading

Justice for Darfur’s victims mired in political expediency – ICC prosecutor

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on Darfur. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

17 June 2014 – Challenging the Security Council to take immediate action to protect victims in the ongoing Darfur crisis, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) underscored today that without concrete steps to apprehend those accused of crimes against humanity, the world’s efforts to ensure justice in Darfur could “go down in history as an indefensible failure.”

“What have we achieved in concrete terms? Have we lived up to the expectations of Darfur’s victims? Sadly, the intellectually honest answer is a resounding ‘no,’” Fatou Bensouda said as she began her briefing to the Council with a look back over the nearly 10 years since it had referred the situation in Darfur to the Hague-based Court.

Finding no cause for celebration, especially since no steps have been taken regarding the arrest and surrender of a number of high profile indictees, including Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, she said, the “sad reality is that action from this Council has not been forthcoming when it mattered most for Darfur’s victims.” Continue reading

ICC Judges invite the US to arrest the suspect and surrender him to the Court‏

Situation: Darfur, Sudan

Case: The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir

Today, 18 September 2013, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), informed by the Office of the Prosecutor of Omar Al Bashir’s potential travel to the United States of America (US), invited the competent US authorities to arrest Omar Al Bashir and surrender him to the Court, in the event he enters their territory. Continue reading

Security Council must urgently take action to end impunity in Darfur – ICC prosecutor

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council, on the situation in Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council, on the situation in Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

5 June 2013 – Deeply frustrated and disappointed by the Security Council’s failure to take any action against those responsible for war crimes in Darfur, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) stressed that the plight of the victims has meanwhile “gone from bad to worse.”

“We have done our part and it is up to this Council to live up to the legitimate expectations of Darfur’s victims, namely that individuals alleged to be responsible for their daily sufferings are brought to justice,” Fatou Bensouda told the 15-member body during a briefing this morning. Continue reading

Germany Hosts ICC’s 10th Anniversary Conference

Bettina Ambach is co-organizer of the ICC conference scheduled to be held in Nuremberg, Germany

Peter Clottey

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is marking its 10th anniversary in Nuremberg, Germany, with a two-day international conference on the Hague-based court.

Organized by the German foreign ministry, the theme of the conference is, “Through the Lens of Nuremberg: The International Criminal Court at its 10th Anniversary.”

Bettina Ambach, co-organizer of the conference says it will include discussions addressing accusations that the Hague-based court has sometimes unfairly targeted African nations. Continue reading

Warrant of Arrest for Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

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Case The Prosecutor v. Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

Situation in Darfur, Sudan

Public Court Records – Pre-Trial Chamber I

Warrant of Arrest: 01.03.2012 Phase: Pre-trial

Warrant of Arrest for Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

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ICC/ SUDAN – DARFUR REBEL LAWYERS SLAM KHARTOUM, SEEK CASE SUSPENSION

The Hague, January 9, 2012 (FH) – Lawyers for Darfur rebel leaders Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo before the International Criminal Court are asking the Court to suspend proceedings. They say they cannot investigate properly because of Sudan’s refusal to cooperate with the Court, and that their clients will therefore not get a fair trial.

Former commander of the Justice and Equality Movement Banda, and former Chief of Staff of SLA-Unity Jerbo are accused of crimes against humanity for a 2007 attack on Haskanita military base, in which twelve international peacekeepers died. The two men have appeared voluntarily before the ICC. No date has yet been set for their trial. Continue reading

Execution of Arrest Warrants against Individuals Sought by Criminal Court, Including Sudan’s President, ‘Will End the Crimes in Darfur’, Security Council Told

Prosecutor Says Fugitives Control Government, Command Military Operations;

Sudan Says Report ‘Usual Lies and False Accusations’, Ignores Doha Document

The individuals sought by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur were still allegedly committing similar acts, but the execution of the arrest warrants against them “will end the crimes in Darfur”, the Court’s Chief Prosecutor told Security Council members today. Continue reading

Press Conference by International Criminal Court’s New Prosecutor

12 December 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Press Conference by International Criminal Court’s New Prosecutor

President of Assembly of States Parties to Rome Statute

Tiina Intelmann, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, introduced the institution’s newly elected Prosecutor, Fatou B. Bensouda, at a Headquarters press conference today. Continue reading

ICC Prosecutor Presents New Case in Darfur

Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein

Press Release: 02.12.2011

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Today the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested Pre-Trial Chamber I to issue an arrest warrant against the current Sudanese Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.

The evidence allowed the Office of the Prosecutor to conclude that Mr. Hussein is one of those who bears the greatest criminal responsibility for the same crimes and incidents presented in previous warrants of arrest for Ahmed Harun and Ali Kushayb issued by the Court on 27 April 2007. Continue reading