ICC

TakeAction: Ask the European Union to continue to honour its commitments to the International Criminal Court

The first warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, was issued in 2009, the second came in 2010. President al-Bashir is wanted on charges of criminal responsibility for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan.

As Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, they have declined to turn President al-Bashir over to the Court. However, he has travelled countries such as Kenya, Chad, and Djibouti that are parties of the Rome Statute, with no consequences. 

A summit of the European Union and the League of Arab States scheduled to take place from 24-25 February 2019 in Egypt. 

The ICC has been a foreign policy priority of the EU and Canada since the adoption of the Rome Stature, a little over 20 years ago. Importantly, the success of the regime established by this historic treaty relies on cooperation among states parties. The EU should continue to honour its commitments to the Court and to international justice by refusing to co-host the summit unless there are clear guarantees that President al-Bashir will not attend. 
What you can do

Write to the ambassador of the European Union delegation in Canada, Peteris Ustubs, and ask that the European Union state publicly that it will withdraw from an upcoming joint summit of the European Union and League of Arab States unless there is a guarantee that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a suspected war criminal, will not attend.

The first warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, was issued in 2009, the second came in 2010. President al-Bashir is wanted on charges of criminal responsibility for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan.

As Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, they have declined to turn President al-Bashir over to the Court. However, he has travelled countries such as Kenya, Chad, and Djibouti that are parties of the Rome Statute, with no consequences. 

A summit of the European Union and the League of Arab States scheduled to take place from 24-25 February 2019 in Egypt. 

The ICC has been a foreign policy priority of the EU and Canada since the adoption of the Rome Stature, a little over 20 years ago. Importantly, the success of the regime established by this historic treaty relies on cooperation among states parties. The EU should continue to honour its commitments to the Court and to international justice by refusing to co-host the summit unless there are clear guarantees that President al-Bashir will not attend. 

What you can do

Write to the ambassador of the European Union delegation in Canada, Peteris Ustubs, and ask that the European Union state publicly that it will withdraw from an upcoming joint summit of the European Union and League of Arab States unless there is a guarantee that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a suspected war criminal, will not attend.

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