Arrest Warrants Issued for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Darfur

June 18, 2007 10:32 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
An International Court has issued arrest warrants for a Sudanese government official and a Janjaweed military leader for alleged war crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan. These are the first arrest warrants that have been issued on an international level for an alleged genocide in Darfur.

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The International Criminal Court has issued warrants for the arrest of the Sudanese Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs and a leader of the Janjaweed, an African Arab pro-government militia. Both are being charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Sudan has rejected theses arrest warrants stating that Sudan is not under the jurisdiction of the ICC and therefore these men cannot be tried by the Court.

According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, militias have “reportedly killed, raped and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in Darfur.” Fighting began in early 2003 and by 2004, over 200,000 Sudanese had fled to Chad.

The ICC was established by the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court in 1999 and is an independent, permanent court "that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes."


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