I just watched George Clooney on Anderson Cooper a while ago. They were talking about the situation in Dafur and Sudan. A lot more needs to done to help the people there. It’s been going on for far too long and as Clooney notes in a post on The Daily Beast today, the “longer it goes on, the more tolerant all of us become of it.”
Today, judges at the ICC ordered the arrest of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan for “atrocities committed in Darfur.”
After months of deliberation, the judges charged Mr. Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity for playing an “essential role” in the murder, rape, torture, pillage and displacement of large numbers of civilians in Darfur. But the judges did not charge him with genocide, as the prosecutor had requested.
It’s unclear whether the warrant will ever be served, as Clooney points out on The Daily Beast. The NY Times also reports that shortly after the warrant was issued, “Sudanese officials swiftly retaliated, ordering Western aid groups that provide for millions of people to shut down their operations and leave.”
We need to put pressure on our leaders here in America to do more in Darfur. There’s more on the warrant for al-Bashir here.