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West Darfur displaced hand ICC Prosecutor memo listing atrocities

August 25 - 2022 EL GENEINA
Displaced in El Geneina in 2020 (File Photo: RD)
Displaced in El Geneina in 2020 (File Photo: RD)

The Displaced People and Refugees Gathering of the Masalit in West Darfur stated that people in the Kalma, El Hasahisa, and El Hamidiyah camps presented a memorandum to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, containing the names of those who died in Darfur since 2003 under President Omar Al Bashir’s leadership.

The document reportedly proves the involvement of those accused of committing genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur.

The Dar Masalit displaced coordination group called on the ICC to give special consideration to West Darfur, which as well as being targeted during the campaign in 2003, was subjected to the most heinous types of crimes between December 2019 and August 2022, they said.

Expressing their distinct circumstances of victimisation, the group stressed the placement of West Darfur among the priority areas that must be visited in any future visit of court officials.

In a statement made by the West Darfur group, they welcomed Khan’s visit, but called for increased international involvement due to their loss in confidence in the government in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

They commended the prosecutor for standing by the victims and for his frank declaration not to abandon their cases.

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