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Daily Briefing—4th Aug 2010

Posted: 4 August 2010 by Editors in Daily Briefing
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Al Jazeera English: “UN ‘must’ support Bashir arrest”:

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned the UN it “must be prepared” for the possible arrest of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, president of Sudan, on genocide charges over
the Darfur conflict.

Louis Moreno-Campo told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that if the court decided to issue a warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest there should be “united and consistent action” to ensure its execution.

Moreno-Ocampo also accused Bashir of promising ceasefires then ordering bombing raids in Darfur, of denying that mass rapes were taking place and of promising justice while witnesses were being tortured.

Moreno-Ocampo also said al-Bashir has been “inciting violence” over the genocide charges by threatening civilians and African Union-UN peacekeepers operating under the council’s authority.

The court last year issued arrest warrants for a Sudanese government minister and for a commander in the government-backed Janjawid group, blamed for many of the atrocities in Darfur.

But Khartoum does not recognise the court and has consistently refused to hand over suspects.

Several African and Arab states have criticised Moreno-Ocampo’s attempt to bring Bashir before the ICC and suggested the Security Council should delay any proceedings.

There has been some support among China, Russia, African and Arab nations for invoking the council’s power to defer Moreno-Ocampo’s prosecution for at least a year, out of fear that an attempt to arrest al-Bashir could cause further chaos in the nation.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey at the UN in New York says there is concern at the organisation that a warrant could make the situation on the ground in Darfur even more difficult for peacekeepers and aid workers.

Bashir announced a unilateral ceasefire by government forces in the country’s western Darfur region earlier in November but anti-government groups dismissed the move as “insincere”.

UN officials say up to 300,000 people have been killed since the Darfur conflict erupted five years ago and that around 2.7 million have been driven from their homes.

However, Sudan says 10,000 people have died in the conflict.

(10,000? That’s not even a good lie.)

This article presents one of the great flaws of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that makes the UNSC’s perceived authority as illegitimate: that the Big Five have veto power — even when one of those States has a clear conflict of interest in the outcome of a vote.

It’s no secret that Russia and China (PRC) have violated the Darfur Arms Embargo. A study showing 30 States to have violated the UN 2004 embargo in its first two years. The 30 States are reported in two categories. Russia and the PRC were among the twelve in Category 1. (The other three Big Five States — the US, UK, and France — were all in Category 2.)

As for the African and Arab nations, a lot of the nations in the African Union buys cheap arms from Russia and the PRC while many Arab nations are receiving nuclear materials to shift to nuclear power grids and have Russia/PRC looking over their shoulder (basically, on behalf of the world community and to display some integrity with their dealings).

Russia/PRC have a lot of these African and Arab nations by the balls, not to mention that they heavily profit from Sudanese violence.

The UNSC is nothing more than a think tank where five States (arbitrarily) pick angels and demons around the world.

The UNSC is a joke.