Al-Bashir risks arrest in Jordan

OMAR ALBASHIRFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -– JORDAN is under pressure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he enters the country for top Arab summit this week.
He has been invited for the 28th Summit of the Arab League despite two warrants of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2009.
The warrants are related to his alleged role in Sudan’s abusive counterinsurgency campaign in Darfur. The charges are for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Human rights experts said Jordan would be defying its international obligations as an ICC member if it allowed al-Bashir to visit without arresting him.
“Welcoming an ICC fugitive would undermine the Jordanian government’s recent efforts to strengthen the country’s rule of law,” said associate international justice director Elise Keppler.
Since 2009, some ICC members such as Botswana and Denmark, have signaled that al-Bashir risked arrest if he entered their territory.
Others have relocated or rescheduled meetings or asked Sudan to send other representatives.
In other instances, al-Bashir cancelled anticipated visits fearing arrest.
South Africa courted international controversy in 2015 when it failed to arrest al-Bashir when he attended the African Union Summit.
CAJ News

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