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Organisation for Ending Impunity calls on Sudan govt to hand Al Bashir to ICC

October 7 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Deposed Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir faces a Khartoum court on corruption and currency charges in September (RD)
Deposed Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir faces a Khartoum court on corruption and currency charges in September (RD)

The Organisation for Ending Impunity has called on Sudan’s Transitional Government to extradite the ousted President Omar Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and to speed-up transitional justice.

At a press conference in Khartoum at the weekend, Osman Jami, Secretary-General of the organisation criticised the statements of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on the ability of the Sudanese judiciary to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes and genocide. He described the PM’s statements as “shameful”, and stressed the need to give priority to justice and accountability for the perpetrators of crimes of Darfur the massacre of the General Command and others.

He cautioned against the dire consequences of the failure to implement transitional justice, which would lead to the failure of States and open the door to revenge. He called for fair, public and transparent trials of perpetrators of grave human rights violations such as murder, torture and genocide.

He said debt relief and granting of aid are contingent on the government’s achieving transitional justice.

Jamal Mousa, the organisation’s legal advisor demanded that those wanted by the ICC to be handed over to The Hague to face prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

‘Evidence destroyed’

He stressed the inability and unwillingness of judicial institutions in the country to prosecute them, asserting that “witnesses have been eliminated and the evidence and information related to crimes has been destroyed”.

He called for cooperation with the ICC to benefit from the support it can provide to the judicial institutions in the country.

Mousa stressed the need to establish commissions of inquiry and truth and reparations for the victims. “There is no peace without justice,” he said.

Dr Sabah Abdelgadir, Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the organisation, called on the government, both civil and military, to prosecute those involved in committing crimes in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile state, Port Sudan, Eilafoun, Kajbar, and the killers of protesters.

She also demanded "to move away from the policy of axes and dealing with the countries as peers with interests". She called for the completion of civilian governance.

 


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