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Darfur displaced call on ICC to indict RSF commander Hemeti

November 12 - 2018 EL FASHER
Commander of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces government militia (RSF), Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan (also known as Hemeti) (File photo)
Commander of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces government militia (RSF), Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan (also known as Hemeti) (File photo)

The general coordination of displaced people and refugee camps has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to include the commander of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces government militia (RSF), Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan (also known as Hemeti) on the list of those wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and to bring him to justice.

The coordination has demanded that the international community be aligned and stand with the victims by “bringing the criminals to The Hague so they do not escape justice.

The demand came in a statement following Hemeti’s visit to Zamzam camp for displaced people in North Darfur last week.

Coordinator Yagoub Abdallah Furi said that “as displaced people, the camps are a red line for us, as targeting them means an abuse of our honour and humanity, which makes our defence a sacred duty”.

He called on Unamid to stand with the victims. “The World Food Programme must stop dodging and passing the government plans and programmes by starving the displaced people to create a conducive environment for the dismantling of the camps.

The government of North Darfur officially launched the dismantling of Abu Shouk, El Salam and Zamzam camps on Monday. Camp residents would be granted ownership of land here or voluntarily return to their home areas.

The Governor of North Darfur, Sharif Samouh, and Hemeti announced the start of the transformation of Zamzam, El Salam and Abu Shouk into fully serviced residential districts during their visit to the camps last week.


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