Sudan and the ICC: Time for a New Approach

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Evan Schleicher

On April 11, Omar al-Bashir was deposed from the seat of the presidency by the army after almost five months of popular protests against his regime. A day later, the head of the Transitional Military Council’s political committee publicly stated that Bashir would be tried for his “crimes” in Sudan, but that he would not extradited to face international justice. Despite this stance, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has been persistent in calling for Bashir to be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face justice for masterminding atrocities in the western Darfur region. Her argument centers on the fact that, “although Sudan is not a party to the Rome Statute, Darfur fell under ICC jurisdiction in March 2005 after the UN Security Council referred the situation to the ICC prosecutor.”