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Sudanese president plans to address the UN Sustainable Development Summit

September 25, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes and genocide charges, is scheduled to address a United Nations Sustainable Development Summit but may not get the chance. Unlike members of the ICC, the United States is not obliged to arrest the Sudanese leader for extradition to the Hague, but will probably sit on his visa application.

• The charges were related to his campaign to crush a revolt in the western Darfur region. The Hague-based court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010.

• As the host of the UN General Secretariat, the United States has obligations under international law to grant visas to heads of state who want to address the General Assembly. Bashir, who rejects the authority of the ICC, wanted to speak at the UN General Assembly in 2013 - but Sudanese officials said his U.S. visa application was left pending.

• The United States sponsored the 2005 Security Council resolution that gave the ICC jurisdiction to go after Omar al Bashir.

• He managed to travel within Africa and the Middle East but in June 2015 had to flee South Africa after a court ruled he should be banned from leaving pending the outcome of a hearing on his possible arrest.

Opposition boycotts threaten legitimacy of Sudan presidential and parliamentary election (GN Newsahead April 2015)

Sudan says Bashir plans to speak at U.N. summit in New York

Will Sundan's Omar al Bashir attend the UN General Assembly? (UN Dispatch 19 Sep 2013)

Date written/update: 2015-08-24