Thursday, February 4, 2010

Charged with Genocide

Current President of the Sudan, and head of the National Congress Party, Omar al-Bashir had an ICC warrant issued for him last year in 2009. This year officials are in deliberation about whether or not three counts of genocide should be added. Below is an excerpt from the BBC article posted yesterday.

Prosecutors say Mr Bashir's government sought to wipe out three ethnic groups.

They argued last year that it had intended to destroy the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa peoples.

If genocide charges are now brought, they will be the first to be issued by the ICC against a sitting head of state.

African and Arab leaders have rallied around Mr Bashir and several nations have refused to honour the existing warrant.

Mr Bashir was travelling to Qatar for a one-day visit on Wednesday for talks on peace in Darfur with the Qatari leader, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani, Sudanese state radio said.

The UN says 300,000 people have died in the Darfur conflict since 2003.

That...if true my friends, is incredible.

Read the BBC article right here

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