Thursday, May 08, 2008

Darfur call to action for UK politicians

MPs and peers must do more to pressure the government on action against suspected Sudanese war criminals, chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo believes.

Addressing MPs and peers in parliament yesterday, the international criminal court (ICC) prosecutor pressed the importance of parliamentarians around the world helping get beyond the "lack of enforcement" seen in too many countries.

Fifteen months have passed since the ICC named Sudan's humanitarian affairs minister, Ahmed Haroun, and Ali Kosheib, Janjaweed leader, as chief suspects of war crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Khartoum has refused to surrender the pair and Mr Moreno-Ocampo blames the "very weak" stance by the international community for a "missed opportunity" on the issue.

The chief prosecutor warned that "in 40 years the whole world will be like Darfur" if the rule of international law is not upheld.

And he called on MPs and peers to pressure the government on the issue, telling them "I think you can make a real difference here".

He told the best way to achieve this was through "showing interest" and "talking about the issue". Read more >>>>>>>>>>>>

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