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STATEMENTS: Reaction to International Criminal Court Decision on Genocide and Bashir

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STATEMENTS: Reaction to International Criminal Court Decision on Genocide and Bashir

Posted by Enough Team on February 3, 2010


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STATEMENTS: Reaction to International Criminal Court Decision on Genocide and Bashir

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project and the Genocide Intervention Network today released a statement concerning the decision by the International Criminal Court, or ICC, which re-opens the possibility of Genocide charges against Sudan’s President Bashir.

Sam Bell, Executive Director of the Genocide Intervention Network commented, “Today's decision is technical and addresses a narrow, but potentially far-reaching, question about the threshold the prosecutor is required to meet in bringing genocide charges. No matter what ultimately comes of the genocide charge as it works it way back through the pre-trial chamber, President Bashir is already wanted for multiple counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the interests of peace and justice, he should be apprehended and tried."
John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Project at the Center  for American Progress, noted “The finding of the Appeal Chamber is sound, and makes it far more likely that President Bashir will eventually face a warrant for genocide in addition to the existing warrants for war crimes and crimes against humanity. As much as Bashir, his partners in the regime and some international diplomats would like the issue of genocide to go quietly away, today’s ruling is again a powerful reminder that we will not achieve lasting peace in Sudan without justice and accountability. We also hope that this well-reasoned ruling helps build additional support within the Obama Administration for resigning the Rome Statute.”
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit
About Genocide Intervention Network – Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Currently focused on conflicts in Sudan, Burma and Democratic Republic of Congo, among other areas of concern, Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities.  The organization is building a permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to prevent and stop genocide. For more information, please visit