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Sudan to Handover ex-President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Sudan’s rulers agree to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges

Sudan transitional government has announced it will hand over Omar al-Bashir to face the ICC.

BY TESFANEWS *

A top Sudanese transitional government official has announced on Tuesday that they have agreed with rebel groups to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict. Continue reading Sudan to Handover ex-President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Washington Lifts 20 Years of Sanctions on Sudan

The US is lifting most of the economic and trade sanctions it first imposed on Sudan two decades ago. However, Sudan will remain listed as a state sponsor of terror.

Sudan welcome U.S. decision to end its 20-year economic and trade embargo as a positive decision but urges Washington to go further. (EBRAHIM HAMID / AFP)

BY IRIN

The United States has lifted decades-old economic sanctions against Sudan even though it still considers the country a state sponsor of terrorism and despite the fact Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir still faces arrest on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

In July, Washington said a decision on whether to do away with the sanctions, which Barack Obama had suspended shortly before leaving the White House, would be delayed for three months.  Continue reading Washington Lifts 20 Years of Sanctions on Sudan

Human Rights as a Political Tool: Eritrea and the ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Narrative

Investigate not Prosecute. The COIE from the very onset framed its role not as an investigator, a role which requires some objectivity and impartiality as indicated in the mandate, but as a prosecutor, with sole purpose of gathering an entirely one-sided evidence to incriminate the Government of Eritrea. Therefore, its destructive recommendations to refer Eritrea to the ICC was a forgone conclusion.

By Tanja R. Müller,

For those who follow the politics of Eritrea and the Horn of Africa, the verdict of the second report by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE), that Eritrea has indeed committed crimes against humanity in a widespread and systematic way, was a foregone conclusion.

The COIE, established by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in June 2014, presented its first Report in June 2015 and received a revised HRC mandate until June 2016 in order to further investigate violations of human rights in Eritrea, including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity. Continue reading Human Rights as a Political Tool: Eritrea and the ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Narrative