EYEAFRICA TV: Brussels, BELGIUM: The High Representative of the European Union (EU) says on Monday that the Union and its Member States regret that Djibouti and Uganda, both States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), did not comply with their obligations under international law and as State Parties to the ICC and did not surrender President Al-Bashir of Sudan to the Court.
It says based on the information the Union received on 5-7 July, President Omar Al-Bashir visited Djibouti and Uganda but the two countries failed to surrender him to the ICC as agreed by member states and parties. “The EU calls upon all Member States of the United Nations to abide by and implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, notably UNSCR 1593(2005).”
The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir last Wednesday travelled to Djibouti to participate in the China-Africa Economic Forum and Exhibition from 5 to7 July.
The Sudanesee leader is said to be under two International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants since 2008 for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.
Since the issuance of the two arrest warrants, Bashir limited his trips abroad to ICC non-party states but he also travelled to five signatory states including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Malawi, Djibouti and South Africa.
His trip to South Africa in 2015 drew international attention after he flew out of the country defying a High court order which orders the government to ban his departure until an application calling for his arrest had been heard.
The European block said it remains a strong supporter of the ICC and is committed to enforcing international criminal law and to ending impunity.