South Africa Must Arrest Accused War Criminal And Genocideur Al-Bashir
By Together Against Genocide (TAG, formerly Tamils Against Genocide), Sunday, June 14 2015
Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) urges the South African government to comply with its obligations as an ICC member state and arrest Sudanese President Al-Bashir before he leaves the country.
The ICC has issued two arrest warrants against President Al-Bashir. The first warrant issued in 2009 is for charges including Crimes Against Humanity, whereas a second warrant issued in 2010 includes 3 counts of Genocide.
In 2008 the ICC Prosecutor presented evidence that indicated “Al Bashir masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups, on account of their ethnicity. “ The Office of the ICC Prosecutor said of Al-Bashir “AL BASHIR failed to defeat the armed movements, so he went after the people. His motives were largely political. His alibi was a ‘counterinsurgency.’ His intent was genocide. ”
The Republic of South Africa as an ICC Member is under international obligation to immediately arrest Al-Bashir and transfer him to the Hague.
Further, South Africa has acceded to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (1948). South Africa must set a positive example to the rest of the world in taking action to prevent and punish genocide.
TAG welcomes the interim ruling of the High Court in Pretoria, preventing Al-Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending its ruling on an application for his arrest by The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC),
South Africa has been looked upon as a role model for Transitional Justice. It must continue to engage with the ICC and meet its international obligations. Regardless of further rulings by the South African High Court, the government of South Africa must immediately arrest Al-Bashir so that he may face trial for Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide in Darfur.