Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 July 2011

ICC reaches out to the Sudanese diaspora in Dublin, Ireland


 

 

ICC reaches out to the Sudanese diaspora in Dublin, Ireland

 

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 20, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 16 July 2011, 50 representatives of the Sudanese diaspora living in exile in Ireland participated in an interactive session organised by the Outreach Unit. The session’s aim was to promote greater understanding of the Court’s mandate and provide official information about the judicial developments in the cases before the Court in connection with the situation in Darfur. The meeting also marked the occasion of 17 July: International Criminal Justice Day that commemorates the 13th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court.

 

This outreach session was facilitated by the Darfur Solidarity Group in Ireland. The participants, several of whom travelled long distances from rural areas to attend the event in Dublin, showed great interest in the role of the ICC and its impact on Sudan, as well as the judicial developments in the three cases currently before the Court.

 

At the request of the participants, Court officials gave a general presentation on the Court’s proceedings, its various stages, elements of a fair trial, the rights of victims to participate in proceedings, through legal counsel, in order to have their interests and concerns heard, as well as to request reparations in the event a guilty verdict is rendered. The mandate and policies of the Office of the Prosecutor were also discussed. Question and answer sessions followed the presentations. Questions asked during the discussion focused on the Rome Statute legal provisions to enforce Court’s decisions such as warrants of arrest.

 

None of the participants has had a direct contact with representatives of the ICC prior to this meeting. Darfur Solidarity Group showed gratitude to the Outreach Unit on behalf of the attendees for bringing the ICC closer to them.

 

This session with Sudanese diaspora in Ireland is part of the overall strategic plan for outreach for the situation in Darfur. It aims to disseminate accurate information about the Court and to engage the affected Sudanese communities in a dialogue with the ICC, including those individuals that have been forced to live outside Sudan.

 

The Darfur Diaspora Outreach Programme for 2011 targets Sudanese communities living in The Netherlands, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Egypt and the USA. The Programme has also engaged Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad.

 

Background

 

The situation in Darfur was referred to the International Criminal Court by United Nations Security Council resolution 1593 on 31 March, 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute. Today, three cases are heard before Pre-Trial Chamber I, The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Muhammad Harun (Ahmad Harun) and Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Ali Kushayb); The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir; and The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus.

 

The suspects (Harun and Kushayb, and Al Bashir) in the first two cases remain at large. On 7 March 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I unanimously decided to confirm the charges of war crimes brought by the ICC’s Prosecutor against Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo and committed them to trial. On 16 March 2011, the ICC Presidency constituted Trial Chamber IV and referred the case to it.

 

SOURCE 

International Criminal Court (ICC)


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