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    Is Darfur Genocide? Sam Dealey http://www.usnews.com/blogs/sam-dealey/2008/8/20/is-darfur-genocide- its-not-yet-clear.html Sudanese President Omar Hassan
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2008
      Is Darfur Genocide?
      Sam Dealey
      http://www.usnews.com/blogs/sam-dealey/2008/8/20/is-darfur-genocide-
      its-not-yet-clear.html


      Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir today claimed that his
      government's brutal counterinsurgency in Darfur isn't genocide.

      That's hardly a man-bites-dog story, and, to most casual western
      observers, Bashir's claim may seem like nonsense. Among scholars and
      diplomats who specialize in genocide, however, the verdict is far
      from clear.

      While the Bush administration has alleged genocide, so far no other
      government has followed suit. Indeed, the United Nations commission
      that referred Darfur to the International Criminal Court in 2005
      explicitly claimed genocide had not taken place. (That report
      correctly noted, however, that "international offences such as the
      crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been committed in
      Darfur may be no less serious and heinous than genocide.")

      Last month, however, claims of genocide in Darfur received new wind
      when the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested that
      the court's judges indict Bashir.

      Has Ocampo made a persuasive case? We don't know. Despite vowing
      to "file a public redacted version . . . forthwith," more than five
      weeks later the prosecutor has yet to do so.

      Of course, indictments and their applications are often kept secret
      ahead of an arrest—say, if the alleged perpetrator poses a flight
      risk, or an ongoing investigation might produce additional charges.
      In the case of Ocampo vs. Bashir, it defies logic—and, in truth,
      fairness—that the prosecutor should hold a press conference
      announcing his charges without actually revealing them. What's more,
      it defies precedent: When Ocampo previously sought charges against
      two Sudanese for war crimes in Darfur, a public version of his
      application was immediately available.

      The case against Bashir is Ocampo's biggest yet, and it's not
      hyperbole to write that it has profound implications for the future
      of both the court and the region. The Sudanese government has vowed
      to crush the ICC, and Ocampo's dithering isn't helping—there are
      rumors that, as with his handling of the case against Congolese
      warlord Thomas Lubanga, the prosecutor has already bungled this one
      as well.

      Presumably, a chief reason for the ICC's existence is to bring
      injustice to light. It's time the court's prosecutor practiced that
      principle as well.

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