(Washington, DC) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants today citing Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Qaddafi, his son, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and his head of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) committed across Libya in February this year. Tom Andrews, the newly-appointed President of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition, issued the following statement:
“We applaud this first step by the ICC to ensure Muammar Qaddafi and others responsible for the widespread brutal attacks against Libyan civilians are brought to justice. These arrest warrants send a strong message of accountability to any leader who might contemplate atrocities against his own people as a tactic to secure power. The international community must continue to pursue justice in Libya and elsewhere around the world to ensure that the murder of innocent civilians does not go unpunished.
“We hope that Muammar el-Qaddafi and all others charged with crimes by the ICC will be arrested and sent to The Hague to face trial in short order. We remain concerned about the targeting of Libyan civilians as well as third country nationals. We urge the Prosecutor to continue his investigation and hope that additional arrest warrants will be pursued as appropriate.”
On February 26, 2011 the situation in Libya was referred to the International Criminal Court by the United Nations Security Council through the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1970. On March 3 2011, the ICC Prosecutor decided to open an investigation and on May 16 2011 the Prosecutor requested the issuance of the arrest warrants.
The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network merged to create a more powerful voice dedicated to preventing and stopping large-scale, deliberate atrocities against civilians. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities such as Congo and Burma. The merger creates the world’s largest anti-genocide organization, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists globally, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors collectively representing more than $2 trillion in assets under management.
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