WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ARREST BASHIR?
President Omar Hassan Al Bashir is the only sitting head of state indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court.
Can you imagine if we were able to arrest Hitler while he was implementing his genocidal campaign?
If we did, the international community could have intervened instead of standing idly by as 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days in Rwanda.
If we did, over 60,000 girls and women in Bosnia would not have been raped in rape camps for years.
If we did...
TODAY, we have an opportunity to create legal precedent and end genocide.
"We didn't know," is no longer a valid defense when genocide is occurring. Darfur is still happening; Bashir is still wanted by the ICC; and Bashir is committing other genocidal campaigns.
The world knows, governments know, and organizations know. Only when enough individuals stand up and shout, "NO MORE GENOCIDES!" - Only then, will the international community take responsibility and intervene and only then, will genocide end.
"Never Again," is a passive aggressive apology, not a kept promise.
Right now, too many weapons are being sold and used while over a half a million people from the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile state are forced to be refugees due to the fact that Bashir used food as a weapon of war, killed their loved ones and bombed their villages. We don't need to praise another signing of peace and security agreements when none of the prior ones were ever fully implemented.
Bashir's regime violently murdered over 450,000 people in Darfur and used rape as a weapon of war.
Would you stand by if our government murdered all of our Washington, D.C. civilians and forced more than a third of Manhattan's residents to flee to Canada for safety?
We are defined by our actions and our lack of actions. Our actions define us: Humanity Is Us. And today, we are taking humanity back.
Today, we ask our international community and heads of state: What about the responsibility to protect? What about Sudan? When will you ensure delivery of humanitarian aid to starving civilians? When will you support an end to Bashir's regime, arrest Bashir and take him to the ICC for trial?
Why is the international community praising Bashir for peace as he continues to kill his own civilians?
Today, we ask: When will you act to end genocide?
Humanity Is Us, Founder
The International Criminal Court (ICC)
There are five cases in the situation in Darfur, Sudan: 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;The Prosecutor v. Bahar Idriss Abu Garda; The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus; and The Prosecutor v. Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein.
Warrants of arrest have been issued by Pre-Trial Chamber I for Messrs Harun, Kushayb, Al Bashir and Hussein. The four suspects remain at large.
A summons to appear was issued for Mr Abu Garda, who appeared voluntarily before the Chamber on 18 May 2009. After the hearing of confirmation of charges, on February 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber I declined to confirm the charges. Mr Abu Garda is not in the custody of the ICC.
Two other summonses to appear were issued for Mr Banda and Mr Jerbo who appeared voluntarily on 17 June 2010; the confirmation of charges hearing took place on 8 December 2010. On 7 March 2011, Pre- Trial Chamber I unanimously decided to confirm the charges of war crimes brought by the ICC’s Prosecutor against Mr Banda and Mr Jerbo, and committed them to trial.
How many Genocides does it take before the International Community Acts?
After two arrest warrants were issued by the ICC for Bashir, nothing happened. Without enforcement, the arrest warrants are moot. Why did the UN Security Council refer the situation in Darfur, Sudan, to the ICC?
Peace will not occur without regime change in Sudan. Arrest Bashir.