Amnesty International has called on Sudanese authorities to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Bashir was indicted while still president and a warrant of arrest issued against him, however he has evaded justice all this while.
Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki. while welcoming Bashir’s pending trial over corruption, possessing foreign currency, among others, said that while this trial was a positive step towards accountability for some of his alleged crimes, he remains wanted for heinous crimes committed against the Sudanese people.
“The Sudanese authorities must hand al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court to answer charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Omar al-Bashir has evaded justice for far too long as the victims of horrific crimes still wait for justice and reparations more than a decade since the ICC issued the first warrant for his arrest.” She said.
Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir must face justice for crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, that he allegedly committed in Darfur while in power, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on corruption charges on 18 August in Khartoum.
Al-Bashir, who was deposed from power four months ago following sustained protests against his 30-year rule, will be charged with possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally. He has previously been charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.
Al-Bashir was indicted by the ICC in March 2009. He stands accused of criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide following the killing, maiming, and torture of hundreds of thousands of people in the Sudanese region of Darfur. In 2016, an Amnesty International investigation gathered evidence of the repeated use of what were believed to be chemical weapons used against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in Jebel Marra region of Darfur.