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June 8, 2023

Agence France-Presse: ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to arrest Beshir. International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Friday pressed the Sudanese government to arrest President Omar al-Beshir who stands accused of Darfur war crimes and crimes against humanity. "The government of Sudan has the responsibility to arrest him (Beshir)," Moreno-Ocampo told the UN Security Council, citing a legal obligation stemming from the UN Charter and UN resolutions. Moreno-Ocampo further told the council that the Sudanese government "has also the duty to arrest" Sudanese ex-minister Ahmad Harun and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb, both also accused by the ICC of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. He said the recent designation of Haroun as governor of the South Kordofan province "contravenes the resolutions of this council."

BBC: Sudan's Bashir in Zimbabwe visit. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, is in Zimbabwe for a conference, state radio says. Zimbabwe has not ratified the statute creating the court, and therefore is not bound to arrest Mr Bashir. Mr Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the world's first international rights tribunal. The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes - intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage - as well as five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture. Ahead of the summit opening, Mr Bashir visited President Robert Mugabe, host of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa meeting, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe's state radio reported.

Los Angeles Times: Jewish group organizes L.A. march against Darfur violence. Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks told throngs of demonstrators Sunday that it was important to rally against the deadly violence in Sudan because one day the marchers' grandchildren will ask: Where were you? The crowd gathered as part of the third annual Walk for Darfur, a roughly three-mile march and educational fair sponsored by Southern California-based Jewish World Watch. It was held at Pierce College Farm Center in the western San Fernando Valley and drew about 2,000 people, most of whom came from Los Angeles-area synagogues. Organizers said they raised more than $100,000 from participants. The money will be used to help the organization's work in refugee camps for victims of the conflict and for domestic education about the violence, among other projects.

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