By Danielle Fox (Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008)
Earlier this month, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, addressed the United Nations Security Council (text (pdf), video (real audio player required)), and asked that body to use its authority to get Sudan to put an end to war crimes, and hold the perpetrators accountable.
Despite the fact that the International Criminal Court issued still-active warrants for suspects in May of 2007, the Sudanese Government still rejects their legal obligation to turn in the suspects.
As the article states, ICC suspects Harun and Kushayb “face 51 charges, including murder, rape and forced expulsions” in Darfur, where “200,000 to 300,000 people have died in the conflict … and 2.5 million have been displaced since it began in 2003.”
PHR calls for justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators in Darfur — in addition to demanding the cessation of attacks on innocent civilians by the Sudanese Government. Only with all three of these things is there the possibility of long-term peace and stability.