Last week’s move by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, to seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir introduces a new point of leverage with the Sudanese government and provides an opportunity for the U.N. Security Council to demand real changes in Khartoum’s policies and behavior. Unfortunately, the historical record suggests that the Council will likely miss this opportunity as it has missed many others during the past five years.
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In the ENOUGH Project’s latest report, “Irresolution: The U.N. Security Council on Darfur,” Co-Chair John Prendergast and Research Associate David Sullivan diagnose the underlying obstacles to effective Security Council response, providing a practical guide on how activists can better engage their governments to stop-and ultimately prevent-genocide and crimes against humanity. “Blaming the Council as an institution is counterproductive,” says Prendergast. “Instead, constituencies that care about Darfur and other places of conflict must focus on decisions made by individual member states and push their governments to invest the diplomatic capital to make Security Council resolutions more likely to be transformed from rhetoric to reality on the ground.”
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