Sudan may erupt…update

05Mar09

 

Update (3/5/09) – According to the United Nations, the government of Sudan ordered humanitarian organizations in Darfur to leave and seized the agencies’ assets, in response to the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir (above). Pray.

Update (3/4/09): The International  Criminal Court ignored warnings of the possibility of increased violence in Sudan and issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir, charging him with five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape, and two counts for war crimes (attacks against civilians and pillaging). The charges didn’t include genocide, which  is apparently harder to prove, but the court may amend the warrant to include genocide.

Sudan’s intelligence chief had already promised to harshly deal with any Sudanese citizen who supports the warrant. Sudan’s vice president has  indicated he rejects the ICC’s authority and the country’s UN ambassador stated, “the limit is the sky for our retaliation.”  Pray.

(3/2/09) Sudanese officials and citizens are waiting to see if the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court actually issues an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. As we stated in a previous post, if an arrest warrant is issued, Sudan’s somewhat moderate [Islamic] government might revert back to Islamic fundamentalism. Even Sudan’s intelligence head Salah Abdallah admits “that we were Islamic fundamentalists but have become moderate and civilized…”[But], they’ll get back to brutal basics (chop off heads, hands, etc.) if anyone attempts to stand behind the International Criminal Court in charging al-Bashir with war crimes.

Egypt’s president wanted the ICC to wait a year before issuing an arrest warrant and the emir of Qatar is helping to orchestrate peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebel group Justice and Equality Movement, but these efforts may not delay an arrest warrant, which would likely throw the country into chaos and, possibly, another civil war.

Pray. Hard.



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