IJP co-founders, Wanda Akin and Raymond Brown, have represented victims from Darfur before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for over a decade. In June 2015, Omar al-Bashir, accused Genocidaire and President of Sudan, traveled to South Africa for the African Union Summit. South Africa is a State Party to the ICC. Yet, despite its ICC treaty obligations and a direct order from both the ICC and the domestic court, the South African government spirited Bashir out of the country, rather than arrest and surrender him to the Court to face a fair trial.
The ICC will be conducting a public hearing on the matter on April 7 in The Hague. After consulting with our clients, we have applied for permission to participate in this historic hearing, and will be requesting that South Africa be ruled non-compliant, and that the matter be referred to the UN Security Council and Assembly of States Parties to apply punitive measures. Click here to view our full submission.
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