Click here to watch International Justice Project co-founder Raymond Brown’s interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation on the legal and political implications of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s recent travel to South Africa for the African Union (AU) Summit.
President Bashir travelled to the AU Summit on June 14 2015, despite clarification from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that South Africa, as a State Party to the Rome Statute, was under an obligation to arrest and surrender Bashir to the Court in the The Hague, where he is indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. South Africa claimed that they faced conflicting international obligations stemming from their membership at the ICC and AU, which prevented them from arresting Bashir.
Mr. Brown provided strong statements with respect to South Africa’s position in delaying the arrest of Bashir, and ultimately, giving him the green light to flee the country. “It suggest it’s a lawless regime. It suggests that it’s a regime that is corrupt in the deepest and most profound way,” said Mr. Brown. He further commented that the actions of South Africa were not a “pro-African stance”, stating, “Current heads of state for a variety of motives not so noble, seek to hide a man who is an accused genocidaire for crimes committed against Africans. Crimes committed against the Fur, and the Masalit, and the Zaghawa peoples, who are African peoples. That’s not a Pro-African stance.”
Click here to watch the interview with IJP’s Raymond Brown.