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Title:Darfur Goes to the International Criminal Court (Perhaps)
Authors:Du Plessis, Max
Gevers, Christopher
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:International Criminal Court
offences against human rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2005.9627349
Abstract:History was made on 31 March 2005 when the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed Resolution 1593 referring the prosecution of those responsible for the numerous atrocities committed in the Darfur region in western Sudan to the newly established International Criminal Court (ICC). The authors focus on the context of this referral, especially since it signals a capitulation by the United States of America (which had the power to veto the referral) in the face of worldwide pressure for the UN to take action against perpetrators of atrocities in Sudan. To fully appreciate the importance of the resolution, the authors first provide an overview of the establishment and functioning of the ICC and the responses to its establishment on the part of the international community, particularly the US. The authors point out that the ICC has been handed a hot potato. Because it is one of the first cases that the Court will hear, the spotlight will be on the Court's effectiveness as an instrument of international criminal justice. Sudan is not party to the Court's statute, however, and accordingly owes the Court no obligation to cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of Sudanese offenders. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]