Thursday, July 24, 2008

Will the Security Council Stop the Prosecution of al-Bashir?

Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, faces indictment by the International Criminal Court (also located in the Hague) for being the “mastermind” behind violence that resulted in the murder of thousands of persons, the rape of countless women, and the displacement of more than two million people from their land An indictment against President al-Bashir is being sought by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The United Nations Security Council may step in to suspend the case, with two of the permanent members of the Security Council (Russia and China) reportedly suggesting that a criminal indictment against the president would not assist peace efforts in Sudan.


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