While those who haven’t fallen asleep are hailing the UN’s climate deal (show of hands…anyone…?), here’s one that slipped through the cracks:
The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur.
The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague.
He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.
Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN.
She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.
Turn that frown upside-down, Fatou. The woman and girls may still be “brutalized”, but “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”.
What’s that? Darfur is landlocked? They couldn’t care less about the oceans? Awfully selfish of them. No wonder the UN turned its back.
Human Rights Watch said that Mr Bashir had got the wrong message from the decision to suspend the case.
“Rather than the prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) holding up her hands in defeat, I think she threw the challenge down to the Security Council itself, that they, the Council, need to step up to the plate and assist her in the arrest and surrender of Omar al-Bashir and other accused, for fair trial at the ICC,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Richard Dicker told the BBC.
Sudan says it has carried out its own investigation and has found no proof that anyone was raped.
Given our own news on the subject lately, we Americans can relate.
A little about the climate deal (very little):
United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.
Environmental groups have criticised the deal as a weak and ineffectual compromise, saying it weakens international climate rules.
It ended in a compromise that some participants believe keeps the world on track to reach a new global treaty by the end of next year.
Good. Everyone flew airplanes into Lima, Peru, spent lots of money and wasted lots of time, agreed to do not much of anything, and then flew home. All to be repeated next year. Most international confabs are wastes of time, money, and energy—few so ironically.
As for the “brutalization” of the women and girls of Darfur, see above comment.