ICC prosecutor vows to investigate war crimes in Sudan | News

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Karim Ahmad Khan, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Thursday that he is working on the investigation of alleged new war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the scene of the armed conflict between the Army of this African country and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF).


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As reported by the lawyer at a session of the UN Security Council, the investigation includes the killing of 87 people, most of them belonging to the Malasit ethnic group, which occurred recently and attributed to the RSF. The Human Rights Office said it had collected evidence that the victims were buried in mass graves.

The aforementioned paramilitary group has been in a war since last April with the Sudanese Army whose main foci are Khartoum, the capital, and the western region of Darfur, on the border with Chad, now chosen by prosecutor Khan to investigate crimes against humanity. and war crimes.

The International Criminal Court has been investigating excesses committed in Darfur since 2005, which has allowed it to accuse former Sudanese leader Omar Al Bashir of crimes such as genocide.

In a speech delivered this Thursday before the UN Security Council, Khan explained that his office is also investigating the violence unleashed in the current conflict and stressed that its jurisdiction also extends to these new episodes.

As he highlighted, a web portal was founded so that people who have sensitive information or want to report serious crimes can do so safely. Khan further noted that he has instructed his office to give priority to crimes against children and cases of sexual or gender-based violence.

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