Peace vs. Justice? and They Agree on One ThingPARTNER: Avaaz.org
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Avaaz developed two ad campaigns to run in African countries neighboring Sudan offering a strong defence of the International Criminal Court and the trial of Omar al-Bashir after he was indicted for genocide.
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Peace vs. Justice? Darfuris don't think so.
President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for the genocide against the people of Darfur. The African Union has criticized the indictment, calling it a "threat to peace". Is it? As academics, governments, dictators, and experts argue, it's worth asking those who have the most to lose from the war in Darfur. Their voices are universally supportive of the ICC action, as every Darfurian refugee group, victims group, or diaspora group has welcomed the indictment*. For 5 years the people of Darfur have suffered while the African Union pursued a meaningless peace process. They know that no real peace can be signed that leaves a genocidaire with the power to commit his crimes again.
Those who have lived through more than 5 years of killings and rape know that without justice there will never be peace. Only justice will break the cycle of impunity in Sudan and bring long term stability to the region. Support the ICC to help give Al Bashir a fair trial for the horrific crimes for which he has been indicted.
* These are some of the organizations and political leaders who have publicly supported the ICC indictment: The Darfuri Leaders Network - representing over 13 Darfuri diaspora organizations; Abdul Wahid Al Nur - Leader of the Sudan Liberation Army; Ahmed Diraige, chairperson of the Sudan Federal Democratic Alliance (SFDA); and Hussein Abu-Sharati, spokesperson of Kalama refugee camp in South Darfur, with some 90,000 residents.
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President Al Bashir and President Bush: They Agree on One Thing
They Both Don’t Like the ICC
The International Criminal Court was created to hold any person accountable for genocide and crimes against humanity. Its charter has been ratified by 107 nations, including 31 countries from Africa and the Middle East. It has 18 judges – 10 from Africa, Latin America and Asia. It has been opposed from the beginning by the United States, and President George Bush has made several attempts to undermine it, fearing ICC indictments of Americans.
The ICC indicted President Omar Al Bashir for genocide, charging him with personally directing the killing of tens of thousands of Sudanese, and the systematic rape of the surviving women and girls, almost all of them Muslims. The ICC was asked by the UN Security Council (including Russia, Benin, Philippines and Tanzania) to investigate these crimes. The US did not vote for the investigation.
Stopping the killing and mass rape of tens of thousands of African and Muslim women and children is no western crusade. It is justice. Support the ICC to help give Al Bashir a fair trial for the horrific crimes for which he has been indicted.