ICC prosecutor criticizes UN over Sudan inaction

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 12:33 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is accusing the U.N. Security Council of prolonging the conflict in Darfur by failing to take action to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and others accused of war crimes.

Fatou Bensouda said the council's inaction and paralysis in the face of increasing violence against civilians has emboldened al-Bashir to ignore council resolutions and left victims with no hope for justice.

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.

The Security Council referred the Darfur conflict to the International Criminal Court in 2005, but has failed to pressure the government to arrest al-Bashir and others accused of war crimes. U.N. diplomats blame China for blocking council action.

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