Sunday, March 8, 2009
President of Sudan Expells 11 Aid Agencies in Retaliation for His Indictment by the International Criminal Court
Responding to his indictment by the International Criminal Court, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has expelled 11 international aid agencies, including
- International Rescue Committee
- Doctors Without Borders
- Care International
- Save the Children
- Action Contre le Faim
These expulsions will harm up to two million people who were being served by those agencies. How should the international community respond to these expulsions? Are these expulsions a new crime against humanity?
The United States, for its part, should support the ICC at this critical hour. The United States should repeal laws that may prevent assisting the ICC in any of its investigations. The United States should also ratify the Rome Statute that established the ICC. The ICC has proven itself in the short time of its existence, and it is time for the United States to become a party to the ICC.