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Britain, France and the US are up against a united front of African and Muslim countries, backed by China and Russia, over the imminent indictment of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur.

Diplomatic sources said yesterday that a pre-trial panel of three judges at the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague was expected to authorise an arrest warrant within the next two weeks. Bashir will be the first head of state to be charged by the ICC since it was founded in 2002.

“The court has kept its cards very close to its chest. But that’s the expectation,” a western diplomat said.

“You prepare for all eventualities and an indictment is the most difficult. But the search for peace and justice cannot be precluded by concerns over what might happen.”

The African Union (AU), the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, and an influential UN bloc of developing nations known as the Group of 77 and China have all backed Sudan’s calls for the ICC prosecution to be dropped, with some officials arguing that it smacks of “white man’s justice”.

They say an attempt to arrest Bashir could destabilise Sudan and endanger international aid and peacekeeping missions. An estimated 200,000 people have died and 2.7 million have been displaced since fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003.

(read the whole article: Darfur war crimes indictment threatens to split international community)

I’m sorry, white man’s justice? How is indicting a genocidal maniac who is ethnically cleansing black people white man’s justice? This idea that it will destabilize the region is a complete joke. You can’t destabilize a region that has no stability! Let’s just hope that the ICC makes itself relevant and stands up to China and Russia’s selfish reckless stance. Taking responsibility for the world – which is every free and peace-loving nations obligation – is not easy, and it demands sacrifices from those taking it. I like what the quoted diplomat said and I’ll repeat it again: the search for peace and justice cannot be precluded by concerns over what might happen.

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