Addressing the UN Security Council live from Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday (23/8), International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan said “the Darfuran nightmare is not over.” This is the first time in the history of the ICC that a prosecutor has briefed the UN Security Council on a country’s situation.
Khan said, “most of the nightmares of the citizen experience continue because meaningful justice and accountability have not been perceived in the way the Council needed or anticipated in 2005.”
He stressed the need to find ways to move forward collectively and consider more meetings on Sudan to get more information from survivors.
“If we do not succeed in dealing with the historic and notorious abuses in Sudan, the cycle of impunity may continue and another cycle of violence will occur,” he added.
He asked a rhetorical question “Why should people obey the law? Why should they worry about international humanitarian law when they see repeated violations of the law and the perpetrators get away with it?”
Khan was referring to the April 2022 trial of the Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman alias Ali Kushayb case, the first trial at the ICC to be based on input from the Security Council. This is a breakthrough for efforts to achieve justice in Darfur.
Abd-Al-Rahman faces 31 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity under the independent and impartial supervision of the ICC. Over the past four months, as many as 28 witnesses have proven the number of survivors of crimes committed by him in Darfur.
This process is now continuing and the case is expected to be completed next year.
Sudan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Al Harith Idriss Al Harith Mohammed told the UN Security Council that “the transitional government underlined its commitment to coordinate and cooperate with the prosecutor’s office, which is consistent with its moral and legal obligations.” [em/rd]