Statement by Congressman Brad Sherman on the International Criminal Court Warrant to Arrest Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for War Crimes in Darfur
Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-27) today issued the following statement on the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue a warrant to arrest Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
"As the conflict over Darfur continues, the cost of the conflict is being paid in human lives. Acts of genocide have claimed at least 300,000 innocent lives, and displaced as many as 2.7 million people.
"After a careful examination of the evidence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided today to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. With this warrant, the ICC has sent a strong message, not only to the perpetrators of genocide, but also to their many innocentand often namelessvictims.
"The ICC warrant to arrest Sudanese President Al Bashir is only the first step, however. The United States must now work with the international community to ensure that the Government of Sudan fully complies with this arrest warrant. But what is far more important than bringing Bashir to justice is stopping the genocide."