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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Alex de Waal to Lead NYU Panel on ICC Arrest Warrant for President Bashir

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The International Criminal Court is widely expected to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir at a press conference in The Hague today (Wednesday. March 4). The Sudanese president stands accused of orchestrating a campaign of violence against Darfur's ethnic Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa. Amnesty International says 300,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million others displaced since the attacks begun in 2003.

If the warrant is granted and an arrest carried out, Bashir would become the first sitting head of state to be hauled beore the ICC since the court opened its doors in 2002. African leaders are divided in their reactions. The African Union wants The Hague to defer the charges for a year to allow peace talks to take place, but others such as Desmond Tutu maintain that justice must be done.

At a panel to be held at NYU today, Darfur expert Alex de Waal and human rights law specialist Peter Rosenblum assess the latest developments in the ICC's pursuit of Bashir, as well as the likely impact on Sudan and the region.


Wednesday March 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


NYU Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Main Conference Room


  • Alex de Waal, Program Director at the Social Science Research Council and leading Sudan expert, author of Making Sense of Darfur blog
  • Peter Rosenblum, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor of Human Rights Law, Columbia Law School

Free and open to the public; media especially encouraged. RSVP to