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Arab League Summit to discuss warrant for al-Bashir

Reuters is reporting today:
The international arrest warrant for Sudan’s president will top the agenda of an Arab summit next week, which he may attend despite his indictment for war crimes, host Qatar said on Saturday.
Sudan’s Omar Hassan al-Bashir has made trips to Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and Ethiopia over the past two weeks, after the warrant was issued by the International …

Chief Mediator for Darfur reportedly tells UN Security Council that warrants for al-Bashir may “compromise” peace process

Reuters is reporting:
An International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir may have compromised the quest for peace in Darfur, a U.N. and African Union mediator said on Thursday.
The official, Djibrill Bassole, called on the U.N. Security Council to heed the concerns of the AU, an organization grouping 53 African countries that has urged the council to …

Thomas Pickering and William Sessions: “Why a Presidential Commission on Torture Is Critical to America’s Security”

In case you missed it, former US Ambassador for the United Nations, Thomas R. Pickering, and former FBI Director, William S. Sessions, had an op ed in Monday’s Washington Post arguing in favor of the creation of a presidential commission to investigate the behavior of American officials in the post-9/11 world. They explain:
America needs President Obama to name a nonpartisan …

Sudanese Islamic Scholars issue fatwa calling upon al-Bashir not to go to Arab League Summit

The AP is reporting today:
Sudan’s Islamic scholars have issued a religious edict calling on the president not to travel to an Arab summit because of the international warrant against him on war crimes charges, state media reported Sunday.
The scholar’s fatwa, a nonbinding religious opinion, joins increasing calls in Africa’s largest nation for President Omar al-Bashir to skip the summit in …

Arresting al-Bahir: Can it happen in international air space?

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has suggested that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir could be lawfully seized in international air space on his way to the Arab League Summit in Qatar.
The BBC reports:
Mr Moreno-Ocampo said that entering international airspace would be enough, since UN Security Council resolution 1583 [sic– the correct resolution number is 1593] urges all UN members to co-operate with …

Security Council debates action in Sudan

This morning’s New York Times is reporting that the United Nations Security Council Security Council was unable to reach agreement on Friday on a statement relating to the ICC warrant for Al-Bashir. The Times explains:
The Security Council deadlocked on Friday over taking any action on the tempest that erupted over the indictment of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan on …

International Criminal Court Begins First Trial Today

The New York Times reports:
More than six years after openings its doors, the International Criminal Court in The Hague began its first trial Monday, as Thomas Lubanga, a former Congolese warlord, took his seat in the dock, facing a crowded court and public gallery.
Mr. Lubanga, 48, once the leader of a powerful and violent militia, is accused of war …

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.