What the ICC Needs to Treat Crimes in Sudan?
What is Behind the Call to Submit a Dictator to the ICC?
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ICC Goes to the Point from one angle! The crimes in Sudan are committed in the whole country, not only in Darfur! Sudanese people are detained in the ghost houses, tortured, raped and shot in the north.
As journalist, I know they should take time to collect data from the Sudanese trades union, syndicates and legal channels the dictators have banned in 1989.
I think Luis Moreno Ocampo
, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gives the leader of the dictatorial regime in Sudan a new-lease of life by calling to submit him to the ICC for wars crimes in Darfur and by releasing such news to the media. Sudanese people are victims of torture, rape and massacres in the north of Sudan too.
The leaders of the National Islamic Front's coup have not committed crimes in Darfur
only. They have started those crimes from the first day they came to power through their military coup in 1989 by arresting opponents and transferring them to the Ghost Houses, where opponents faced different kinds of tortures. Documents to such acts are in a Sudanese legal channel for this act, established in Cairo by some Sudanese who fled to the Egyptian capital city! The Sudan Human Rights Organization (SHRO) has many documents on this issue.
The dictatorial regime has also banned all the Sudanese trade unions and syndicates and forced some leaders and cadres from those unions to flee the country. Members of those unions who stayed in Sudan
lived in fear for a long time before the Peace Accord with the Southern rebel movement. Some of them have faced detentions, released, and put in their houses under restricted move orders.
The dictatorial regime executed so many opponents who led other military coups to overthrow the regime or to restore democracy. One of the procedures of the executions had happened in Ramadan in spite of the fact that their religious beliefs forbid killings in this holly month. In addition, the military regime executed fellows from the army who tried to follow the same coup-process, which brought the recent regime into power.
Therefore, the call to submit the leader of the coup in Sudan to the ICC for crimes committed in Darfur alone is a chance for the dictator to perform all his recent acts challenging the decision of the ICC. He visited Darfur
to perform his tragicomedy dance defying the International Criminal Court's accusations, calling the fractions of the rebels to negotiations and announcing to forgive children who participated in the late attack to Khartoum.
The call gives the dictator a chance to prove that he is not still a dictator. The question is why the propaganda begins in this time during the transformation of the peace process. This is why the African Union and the Arab League say the call to submit the dictator to the ICC will destroy the peace process in the country.
However, I disagree with this point of view as I disagree with the call to submit the dictators to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed in Darfur only and the processing attempts of such call. There should be another process, for the International Criminal Court
to implement through legitimate and legal Sudanese channels and the resolved trade unions and syndicates or the coming transitional government, considering the period of transformation to the political scene in Sudan.
A careful look to the way war crimes suspect in Bosnia Radovan Karadzic goes will enlighten those legal channels to have patience until the process for crimes committed in Sudan since 1989 goes into prosecution. This is better than just creating an atmosphere of critical dilemma to enforce nonsense into responsible legalities.
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