Sudan formally rejects ICC resolution

Sudan formally rejects ICC resolution

[JURIST] Sudan [government website] over the weekend formally rejected UN Security Council [official website] Resolution 1593 [official text] authorizing the International Criminal Court [official website] to conduct investigations and prosecutions of individuals alleged to have committed war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan. Sudan had previously expressed its displeasure [JURIST report] with the resolution, claiming that it could conduct valid war crimes trials in-country. On Sunday Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir presided over a Cabinet meeting that issued a statement of rejection on the resolution and created a government committee, which he will chair, to address "how to deal with this situation." The international community has been suspicious of Sudan's capability to hold meaningful war crimes trials on Darfur, as the report of the UN International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur [PDF text] implicated the government along with other groups as being responsible for war crimes in the Darfur region. It is unclear if Sudan has the legal authority to reject a valid Security Council resolution authorized under Chapter VII [official text] powers, but the rejection may complicate the issue of ICC jurisdiction under the Rome Statute [official PDF text]. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage.