The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Muhammad Hussein, according to The Sudan Tribune.
Hussein is among several people who “bear great responsibility” for the ethnic cleansing that occurred in Darfur from 2003-2004.
The ICC stated that there are sufficient grounds to hold Hussein responsible fro “20 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution and rape, and 21 counts of war crimes, including murder and attacks on civilians,” according to the article.
There have been several other Sudanese officials who have been indicted by the court, but none have been arrested.
For so long, the international community did little to show countries that genocide will not be tolerated. For instance, the International Court of Justice, which settles disputes between countries, was established in 1946, right after WWII and the Holocaust ended.
However, it was not until the 1990s that it received its first genocide case- the Bosnian Genocide. That is nearly 50 years later. That is crazy!
The only problem with the ICJ is that it does not have jurisdiction to deal with people related to these crimes. That is where the ICC comes in. The ICC was established in 2002 to hold trials for individuals involved in crimes.
That is why I am very happy that officials involved in the Darfur genocide (and other crimes in general) have been indicted by the ICC because it shows that crimes against humanity will not be tolerated.
Millions have died at the hands of genocides. But I am hoping that both the ICC and ICJ will gain power and be seen as a real force (and it starts with indicting people). And hopefully, it will enable people to think twice before they decide to murder thousands of innocent individuals.