UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council may be too divided at the moment to suspend the war crimes case against Sudan's president but an improvement in peace prospects in Darfur could one day break the deadlock.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant this week for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region, where U.N. officials say as many as 300,000 people have died since the conflict erupted in 2003.
The International Criminal Court has ordered the arrest of Sudan's president, but even the court's most ardent supporters concede it will be a long time before he appears in the dock -- if he ever does.
As a legal expert for New York-based Human Rights Watch, Richard Dicker, noted this week, the "Achilles heel" of the ICC is that it has no police force to carry out its warrants.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, activist John Prendergast spoke to a crowded Whitley Auditorium. Prendergast, who has worked in the White House under President Clinton, is a vocal activist for taking action in Darfur, and has recently written a book with actor Don Cheadle titled “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond.”