Even the U.N. Is Ignoring the ICC Arrest Warrants in Sudan
OK, that’s not quite it, but still this story (weeks old I know) is somewhat surprising.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan last week flew a man indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court to a peace meeting in the flashpoint Abyei region, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.
The mission, known as UNMIS, transported Ahmed Haroun, a Sudanese provincial governor, to Abyei last Friday for a meeting to try to reconcile feuding tribes, officials said.
At least 36 people have died in clashes between the Arab nomad Misseriya and the Dinka Ngok, linked to Sudan’s non-Arab south. The violence coincided with a week-long referendum in the south on independence from Khartoum.
Oil-rich Abyei is close to the Sudan’s north-south border and is the subject of a dispute over which side it will belong to if, as expected, southerners vote to secede.
Technically, I do not think the U.N. has any legal obligation to respect or enforce ICC arrest warrants. But it is a little weird to blatantly ignore them as well. Still, it seems like, given the tense situation in Sudan, that this sort of support was necessary.