Welcoming President Bashir — a wanted war criminal — to Chad not only sends the wrong message to the Sudanese people but to perpetrators around the world.
Flaunting international justice once again, Sudan’s President al-Bashir traveled to Chad over the weekend to attend an international summit. Architect of the Darfur genocide, Bashir is wanted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
United to End Genocide joined a group of 97 international organizations — most of whom are from the African continent — voicing their concern and strongly criticizing the Chadian government. The group called on the Chadian government to honor its obligations to the International Criminal Court: “Welcoming President Bashir — a wanted war criminal — to Chad not only sends the wrong message to the Sudanese people, including those who live as refugees in Chad, but to perpetrators around the world.”This was Bashir’s third visit to Chad, a signatory the founding document of the International Criminal Court. Leaders in Chad have previously said they don’t want to arrest Bashir because he is a sitting Head of State.
Chad is not the only nation to fail to live up to its obligations under the International Criminal Court to arrest Bashir.
The international community has failed numerous times to arrest Bashir. In spite of the continued humanitarian crisis in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, members of the ICC, including Chad, Djibouti, Kenya, and Malawi, have previously welcomed the Sudanese President to their countries. This time, the Chadian government again impeded the process of bringing Bashir to justice and disregarded the thousands of people in Sudan who have suffered unimaginable atrocities under his leadership.
UEG also signed a joint letter by Washington, DC.-based advocacy groups addressed to the Embassy of Chad, urging the Chadian government to honor its obligations to the ICC and arrest Bashir.
Below is the full text of the two letters:
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