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Amnesty asks Sudanese army to hand Al-Bashir over to ICC

Amnesty asks Sudanese army to hand Al-Bashir over to ICC
April 11
20:59 2019
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Amnesty International has asked the Sudanese military to hand ousted President Omar Al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court.

Al-Bashir was ousted by the sudanese military earlier on Thursday.

In a state wide broadcast, Awad Ibnouf, Sudanese defence minister and army general, said the military will be in charge of the country for two years and conduct elections afterwards.

Amnesty International said since Al-Bashir is wanted for “some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation”, noting that this will ensure victims of his crimes get justice.

The organisation said the world should recognise the courage and bravery the Sudanese showed in demanding their civil liberties, adding that it should serve as a “wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights.”

It, however, raised the alarm at the emergency measures taken by the transitional military council, urging that the military authorities ensure that the emergency laws are not used to undermine the people’s rights.

“On this historic day for Sudan, the world must first and foremost recognize the unique courage, creativity and bravery Sudanese people have shown in demanding their rights,” the organisation said.

“Today’s events should also serve as a wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights.

“But while many Sudanese people will be delighted by the end of Omar al-Bashir’s deeply repressive 30-year rule, we are alarmed by the raft of emergency measures announced today.

“Sudan’s military authorities should ensure that emergency laws are not used to undermine people’s rights. Instead, they must now consign to history the assault on human rights that marked al-Bashir’s 30 years in power.

“The transitional authorities must take all necessary measures to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power in Sudan. That means respecting the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and ultimately ending an era of bloodshed and oppression in the country.

“But we must not forget that justice is long overdue.

“Omar al-Bashir is wanted for some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation, and we need to finally see him held accountable.

“The Sudanese authorities should now turn al-Bashir and three others over to the International Criminal Court so that the victims of these unspeakable crimes can see that justice is done.

“The new authorities must also ensure that domestic accountability for crimes under international law committed over the last three decades is a priority in any transition. All those suspected of these heinous crimes must be brought to justice in fair trials, not subject to the death penalty.”

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