Today the "Justice for Darfur" campaign launched with a bold call for the international community to arrest two Sudanese leaders accused of masterminding the devastation of Darfur. The coalition is composed of 29 human rights groups from around the world, including some of the most prominent international organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Coalition for the ICC. From their press release:
The ICC has been investigating crimes in the region following a
decision three years ago by the UN Security Council to refer to it the
situation in Darfur. One year ago – on April 27, 2007 – the ICC issued
two arrest warrants against Sudan’s former State Minister of the
Interior Ahmad Harun and “Janjaweed” leader Ali Kushayb for 51 counts
of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Today the two men – who face
charges of persecution, rape, and killing of civilians in four West
Darfur villages – remain at large.
The campaign has two main calls for action:
- Urges the UN Security Council
to pass a resolution calling on Sudan to cooperate fully with the ICC
and immediately arrest Harun and Kushayb and surrender them to the
- Calls on
states and regional organizations – including the European Union – to press Sudan to cooperate with the ICC
and comply with the warrants.
See their website at http://www.justice4darfur.org.