Court urges arrest of Sudanese war crimes suspects

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 29, 2010 01:41




UNITED NATIONS— The president of the International Criminal Court urged the international community on Thursday to intensify efforts to arrest eight people sought for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide -- including Sudan's president and four commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Judge Sang-Hyun Song told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that the failure to arrest these men is "deeply troubling" and is having "a devastating effect" on victims and communities affected by the crimes.

The International Criminal Court, or ICC, has no police force and is "completely reliant" on member states to enforce its orders, he said.

"If states do not provide the cooperation necessary for the court's functioning in accordance with their legal obligations, the ICC will not be able to fulfill its mandate and impunity will continue to flourish," Song warned.


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