Civil society declaration on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s visit to South Africa without arrest

The statement has been endorsed by more than 100 civil society groups, including the ICJ, with representation in more than 25 African states, following Omar al-Bashir’s travel to South Africa from June 13-15.

The declaration raises grave concern over South Africa’s flouting its domestic and international legal obligations in failing to arrest al-Bashir (photo), and applauds the efforts of Southern Africa Litigation Centre, which filed an application before South Africa’s courts to compel al-Bashir’s arrest.

The declaration is a strong testament to support for victims of grave crimes to have access to justice, for the ICC’s efforts to advance justice for crimes committed in Darfur, and for activism to ensure al-Bashir’s surrender to the ICC.

SouthAfrica-Civil Society Declaration on Bashir-Advocacy-Open letters-2015-ENG (full text in PDF)

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