BREAKING NEWS ~ US allows ICC jurisdiction for Darfur

BREAKING NEWS ~ US allows ICC jurisdiction for Darfur

[JURIST] Following a marathon UN Security Council [official website] session ending late Thursday evening, the US abstained from voting on a draft resolution authorizing the International Criminal Court [official website] to prosecute war crimes cases in Darfur, Sudan [government website]. The French-sponsored resolution passed with 11 Security Council members voting in favor and 3 other members (Algeria, Brazil and China) joining the US in abstaining. The US has historically opposed the ICC, and has shied away from allowing the Security Council to use the court for fear of lending it legitimacy. Read the full text of Resolution 1593. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan. Reuters has more.