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Statement in support of the visit by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Statement by Ambassadors and Heads of Mission to Sudan in support of the visit by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A. A. Khan

We welcome the visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim A. A. Khan, to Sudan. This visit is the latest demonstration of increased cooperation between the Transitional Government of Sudan and the ICC in pursuing justice for victims of crimes committed by the Bashir regime.  We welcome deepening cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the ICC evidenced by the MoU signed yesterday.

We welcome the progress in the case against Ali Kushayb in The Hague, and the Government of Sudan’s assistance to the Prosecutor, including facilitating the collection of evidence. Above all, we welcome the commitment by the Cabinet on 24 June to transfer to the ICC all the individuals in Sudanese custody against whom warrants of arrest have been issued by the Court for crimes in Darfur. Implementation, including speedy transfer of suspects and provision of all evidence requested by the Court, will be major steps in the fight against decades of impunity.

Additionally, we welcome the Cabinet’s vote to proceed with ratifying the Rome Statute as a strong signal of the government’s commitment to advance justice and accountability through full implementation of the Constitutional Declaration and the Juba Peace Agreement.

Following the 2019 revolution, the Government of Sudan has made strong progress on the economy, peace and building a more open society based on the rule of law. The transfer of the remaining suspects to the ICC would mark another significant milestone, demonstrating to all Sudanese and the international community the positive and profound changes resulting from Sudan’s transition.

Signed by Ambassadors and Heads of Mission from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Nederlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.