Informing the Security Council, Prosecutor Karim Khan, said that the mandate of his office, in accordance with resolution 1593 referring to the situation in Darfur to the Court in 2005, is clear.
“[Our mandate is] continues in relation to crimes within our jurisdiction, the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; and any individual found committing crimes within our jurisdiction, will be investigated,” he said.
‘No stone is left unturned’
“And depending on the assessments of the independent judges of the ICC, we will press every nerve and leave no stone unturned to ensure that they are held accountable in fair and independent trials.”
Mr. Khan continued to urge the 15 members of the Security Council to “converge” on the principles of the UN Charter, the obligations under the Rome Statute of the ICC, and the authority of the Council itself, which in 2005 determined that the violence in Darfur and Sudan as a whole, represent a threat to international peace and security.
“And this applies not only to acts committed in Sudan, any individual who assists, abets, encourages or directs from outside Sudan crimes that may have been committed in Darfur will also be investigated,” stressed the Prosecutor.
Announced by Mr. Khan told the ambassadors that he had given “clear instructions” to his office to prioritize crimes against children, and sexual crimes and gender-based violence.
He also announced that a secure online portal has been setup where individuals can submit information or allegations of crimes and rights violations.
“We will ensure, God willing, that justice is not just spoken about this [Security Council] Chamber, but felt that the rights of civilians and the vulnerable were affirmed in ways that they did not see enough in their life experiences,” said Mr. Khan.
‘Uphold international law’
The ICC Prosecutor also called on the warring factions in Sudan to uphold their basic obligations under international humanitarian law and protect civilians.
“It is important that those involved in hostilities recognize – even at a later date – that they must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law,” he stressed.
Update on cases
In his briefing, Mr. Khan also gave an update on resolution 1593, including progress in the trial of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, a senior leader of the Janjaweed militia in Darfur, as well as other cases including the former. president Omar Al Bashir, and former ministers Ahmad Muhammad Harun and Abdel Raheem Muhammed Hussein, who are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“The worsening situation of violent conflict, including alleged crimes, and the current state of Sudanese institutions, further highlight the inability of the Government of Sudan to truly and truly prioritize justice and -accountability,” the report said.
“Under the current circumstances, it is not possible to participate in discussions with the Government of Sudan about complementarity,” it added, noting that the Prosecutor’s Office is in contact with the relevant partners in the outstanding warrants of arrest against Mr. Al Bashir, Mr. Hussein and Mr. Harun, especially in light of the ongoing fighting between the national army and RSF militia.