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July 7, 2023

July 7, 2023

Reuters: Botswana Condemns AU Resolution on Sudan's Bashir. Botswana has condemned an African Union resolution not to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in its indictment of Sudan's president, saying it was not properly discussed at last week's summit. The criticism was the strongest from an African country since the resolution in favour of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir at the summit chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. "The chair did not permit much debate on this matter and therefore we did not get an opportunity to put our opinion across," Botswana's vice president, Mompati Merafhe, said in a speech posted on the presidency website on Tuesday. "It is our view that Africa should not try to undermine the work of the ICC simply because one head of state called Bashir has been indicted by the Court."

AFP: ICC Prosecutor Wants Sudan's Beshir for Genocide. The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court argued Tuesday he had enough evidence for a further arrest warrant against Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir for genocide. Luis Moreno-Ocampo urged the appeals chamber of the ICC to "determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that President Al-Beshir is criminally responsible for the three counts of genocide." Beshir already faces an ICC arrest warrant for war crimes and crimes against humanity, but the African Union on Friday said it would not cooperate with that warrant and again appealed to the United Nations to delay the case. "The prosecution submitted detailed evidence on the mobilization and use of the entire Sudanese state apparatus for the purpose of destroying a substantial part of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in the entire region of Darfur during more than six years," Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday. He urged the appeals chamber to "correct the error" of omitting the genocide counts against Beshir and to remand the case back to the ICC's pre-trial chamber in The Hague.

UPI: Rebels in Darfur Camps Endanger Refugees. Darfuri refugees are at risk because armed Sudanese rebels are in their camps, United Nations aid workers say. The BBC said its correspondent saw fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s openly driving through the Oure Cassoni camp for Darfur's refugees. Humanitarian workers said that could bring reprisals from Khartoum. "We cannot provide assistance (unless) in a neutral environment -- the capacity to ensure its civilian and humanitarian nature is just not there," Serge Male, the U.N. refugee agency's outgoing representative in Chad, told the British broadcaster.

VOA: Opposition Alliance Creates Ripples in Sudan. The ruling party in Sudan has denounced a formal accord signed between a Darfur rebel group and a northern opposition party that says the current government will be illegitimate beginning July 9. The accord signed on Friday between Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement group and northern opposition party Umma has enraged senior ruling party officials, according to reports. Senior officials for the ruling National Congress Party decried the joint declaration of principles as nothing more than base political maneuvering and expressed surprise a political party would align with an armed rebel group. The joint declaration also rejects the official government census results released in May and supports the U.N. decision to refer Darfur crimes to the International Criminal Court, which has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir.

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