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Darfur Consortium Responds to Application for a Warrant for Arrest of Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir

(July 15, 2008) The application of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court yesterday for a warrant of arrest against President Omar El-Bashir of Sudan, is a significant development.

Following a consultation of members drawn from throughout Africa and beyond, the Darfur Consortium reaffirms its commitment to the safety, security, effective protection and justice for the people of Darfur and Sudan.

The Government of Sudan has the primary obligation to protect the people of Darfur and Sudan and to guarantee and ensure the safety and security of international forces as well as humanitarian workers in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan. The Government of Sudan is also obliged to comply with Security Council resolutions. Failure to respect these obligations gives rise to legally enforceable international responsibility.

The Darfur Consortium calls on all concerned to respect the independence of the International Criminal Court and the integrity of its organs and procedures.

The Prosecutor's application should not be allowed to become a pretext for curtailment of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Sudan, obstruction of humanitarian deliveries and operations or to undermine on-going political processes for peace, political reform and transformation in Sudan.

At this time more than ever before, the continuing presence and engagement of the African Union and the wider international community is needed to reassure the people of Darfur and Sudan of the unrelenting commitment of the region and the world to their wellbeing.

 

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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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