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Costa Rica regrets that the President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, eluded international justice once again.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:15
Costa Rica regrets that Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir was invited to the XXV Meeting of the African Union, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, last weekend and expresses its concern over the fact that South Africa, State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and member of the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties, overlooked its obligation to execute the arrest warrants against Bashir.

The ICC has issued two standing arrest warrants against Bashir for his alleged participation in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed under his order by the Sudanese army and its affiliated militia Janjaweed in the western city of Darfur.

Bashir left South Africa on June 15 despite an order from the Pretoria High Court that prohibited the Sudanese President from leaving the country. The same Court ruled that the Government of South Africa had the Constitutional obligation to arrest Al Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court.

Costa Rica deplores the different instances of non-cooperation that have allowed Omar al Bashir to continue evading justice - stated Manuel González Sánz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica.

Minister González recalled that the Security Council referred the case of Sudan to the International Criminal Court under chapter VII of the UN Charter. “Under this mandate, every State Party to the Court has the obligation to arrest and hand over individuals with arrest warrants, without exception. No immunity agreement will be valid for individuals with active ICC warrants” – affirmed the Minister.

Sudan has refused to process Al Bashir in its Courts as well as to arrest and surrender him to International Justice. Bashir has challenged the court in the past through his official visits to China, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Djibouti, The Central African Republic and Nigeria.

Costa Rica, reiterates its calling for State Parties to the Rome Statute to cooperate with the Court and execute pending arrest warrants without delay, regardless of the official capacity of the individual.

Costa Rica has been a State Party to the Rome Statute since June 2001 and Minister González is a member of the Ministerial Network in Support of the ICC, an initiative of Her Excellency Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein.