End Impunity Statement on Criminal Proceedings for crimes in Sudan

Statement of End Impunity On May 7, 2023, the regimes promised to open the file of criminal prosecutions following the April 15, 2023 war and its extension, and the violations and heinous crimes they are subject to, known to all. On June 25, 2023, the regimes, in collaboration with Sudanese civil society organizations, sent a letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Karim Khan, to investigate and deter crimes in Sudan.

Today, July 13, 2023, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced the opening of a new investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan. He told the UN Security Council that he had “opened an investigation into the events that took place in the context of the current hostilities” and commented, “We are in danger of allowing history to repeat itself: the same miserable and unhappy history.”

“We are not on the brink of a human catastrophe, but in the midst of it. It is happening.”

In our discourse, we presented the legal argument that today’s events in Darfur, and the crimes committed in Khartoum, are sufficiently related to the events that led to the referral of the situation in Darfur in 2005, and therefore that the crimes committed today in Khartoum and Darfur are the same crimes at the hands of the same perpetrators, the Janjaweed militias, and the judicial referral shall apply according to United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1593/2005.

This step is a bold victory for the victims of Sudan’s wars and the crimes committed by the Janjaweed militia. We thank all Sudanese civil society organizations and international organizations, led by Human Rights Watch, which contributed to this effort.

We will not rest until justice is done completely.

Osman Ali Jami
Executive Director, Sudan Office
July 13, 2023

Please  download the press release in Arabic below

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