The Minister of Defense leading the blood repression in Blue Nile and South Kordofan under an ICC arrest warrant for international crimes committed in Darfur
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
2 March 2012
Our organisations demand his immediate transfer to The Hague
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its Sudanese member organisation, the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) welcome the issuance by the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I on 1 March 2012 of an arrest warrant against Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, current Sudanese Defense Minister. ICC judges decided that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Hussein is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including crimes of sexual violence, allegedly committed in Darfur when he was Sudanese Minister of the Interior and the President’s Special representative for Darfur. Our organisations welcome the inclusion of the crime of rape, recognised as crime against humanity and war crime, in the charges against Mr. Hussein confirming, along with its inclusion in three other pending arrest warrants against Sudanese officials, the gravity and systematicity of these crimes committed in Darfur.
This arrest warrant – the fourth to be issued by the ICC for crimes committed in Darfur – arises while the human rights and humanitarian situation in this region remains source of serious concerns. (…)
More, this decision comes out while a violent conflict opposing the Sudanese armed forces (SAF) to the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) is ongoing in the regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Since they erupted in June 2011, fightings in these regions have resulted in significant loss of life and the perpetration of serious human rights violations including summary and extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances or acts of torture.
"Sudan has lacked any will to cooperate with the ICC and States Parties to the Rome Statute did not demonstrate a strong enough commitment to cooperate with the Court on the situation in Sudan that was referred by the UN Security Council", said Sidiki Kaba, FIDH Honorary President. "We recall all States of their obligations to fully cooperate with the ICC, in particular in relation to the pending execution of all the Darfur linked arrest warrants for charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide", he added.
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