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ICC prosecutor must go to Darfur

(THE HAGUE, 1 December 2005): Non-governmental organisations meeting in the Hague today on the occasion of the 4th Assembly of State Parties to the treaty which founded the International Criminal Court (ICC) called on the ICC Prosecutor to travel to Sudan and meet publicly with the Government of Sudan and civil society.

The open letter, endorsed by a coalition of NGOs including Action Professionals’ Association for the People (Ethiopia), Citizens for Global Solutions, the Darfur Consortium, Human Rights First, Human Rights Network Uganda, No Peace Without Justice, Recherches et Documentation Juridiques Africaines and the Sudan Organisation Against Torture, urged that “it is time for the people of Darfur and Sudan to see justice being done.”

The groups pointed out that in Sudan, “[t]he ICC investigation in Darfur has created an environment where there is at once huge expectation, apprehension and misunderstanding about the mandate of the ICC and its implications.”

Earlier this year the situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council, a move warmly welcomed by many on the ground in Darfur where the persistence of impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity as a critical factor prolonging the conflict.

Since April 2003, conflict has raged in Darfur, Sudan and it is estimated that over 400,000 people have died and over two and a half million have been forced from their homes. The deliberate targeting of civilians and the wholesale destruction of settlements has been a hallmark of the violence.

 

 

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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)

Interights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network

WARIPNET

Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

 
 
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