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Issue No: 175
January 30, 2005

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Sudan suspects should go to global court

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the most "logical place" to prosecute suspects of atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region was the International Criminal Court, a tribunal opposed by the United States.

The United States is waiting for a U.N. commission report this month on human rights violations and whether genocide occurred in Darfur to see what action may be required. "And I am sure that at the end of the day, when these people are identified, action will need to be taken. They need to be held accountable so that we don't give the impression that impunity is allowed to stand," Annan said.

"And the most logical place for them to be put on trial would be at the ICC (International Criminal Court)," he told reporters. Pro-government militia, at times armed by Khartoum, are blamed for killings, rape and pillaging in Darfur. Some 1.8 million villagers have been made homeless in a fight over power and resources. Rebels opposing the government have looted relief trucks and attacked police stations.

The 15-member Security Council has few alternatives to referring the issue to the Hague-based court, with Russia and China opposing targeted sanctions, which the United States has advocated.

A proper trial in Sudan is unlikely and Europeans will oppose an ad hoc court, such as for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Source: Reuters
Photo: Amnesty International



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