Society - International - Panafrica - Sudan - Justice - Racism
The indictment by the International Criminal Court of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by government forces in Darfur has provoked a crisis in relations between the court and the African Union (AU). It has added further heat to an often angry debate about the court’s role in Africa. Simmering unhappiness with the ICC flared into a public break on 14 July, when the AU announced that it would not cooperate with the ICC warrant for Mr. Bashir’s arrest. The African leaders said they were unhappy with the “manner in which the prosecution against President Bashir has been conducted, the publicity-seeking approach of the ICC prosecutor” and the UN Security Council’s refusal of the AU request to defer the indictment while peace efforts continued.

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