ICC prosecutor warns about war crimes in Darfur’s al Fashir

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) – International Criminal Court chief prosecutor investigates urgently allegations of war crimes in Darfur city al-Fashir. This has now become a front between the Sudanese Army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

Karim Khan, the prosecutor of the ICC’s Darfur office, said in a video released on Tuesday that there is an ongoing investigation by the ICC into atrocity crimes committed currently in Darfur.

Khan added that his office is investigating the allegations “with urgency” and expressed concern about widespread allegations of international crimes in al-Fashir, including its surroundings.

He added that his investigators found credible evidence of attacks on civilians, including rape, and attacks against hospitals.

Khan asked anyone who had video, audio or other evidence to bring it to his office.

Al-Fashir is a region in Darfur, northwestern Sudan that is home to over 1.8 million people. It is also the front line in a conflict between the Sudanese Army and the RSF, which began in April of 2023.

ICC can prosecute crimes of aggression, war crimes, crimes of humanity, and crimes against humanity if they are committed on the territory or by the nationals of ICC member states. The United Nations Security Council can also refer cases to the ICC, as it did in 2005 with Darfur.

The ICC prosecutor informed the U.N. security council in January of this year that he believes war crimes are being committed in Darfur in El Geneina by the government troops and RSF.

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