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. More than three years after the fall of the Bashir regime, the Prosecutor’s engagement with communities in Darfur is a reminder that victims of international crimes still await justice.

The Juba Peace Agreement is clear that the ICC has an important role in delivering that justice, with all signatory parties committing to full and unlimited cooperation with the Court concerning persons for whom arrest warrants have been issued. In this spirit, the former Transitional Government worked closely with the ICC.  We note the backwards step in such cooperation since the military takeover of 25 October 2021. 

We call for the current Sudanese authorities to renew full and unlimited cooperation, in line with the Juba Peace Agreement and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding of August 2021 between the Office of the Prosecutor and Sudan.  In particular, we echo Prosecutor Khan’s request that the Sudanese authorities provide unimpeded access to witnesses the Court has identified, as well as to documentation that the Court has requested. We also urge the Sudanese authorities to assist the ICC in establishing a field office in Sudan, as per the Court’s request.

We commend the tireless efforts of Prosecutor Khan and his team to deliver justice for victims of the Bashir regime. In this light, we welcome the progress made in the trial of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Ali Kushayb) in The Hague. This trial is an important milestone on the road to delivering the justice that the Sudanese people deserve.