2d Flight of ICC Darfur Indictee Haroun to Abyei in Sudan, Impunity
March 4, updated -- The UN
has for a second time offered a free UN
flight in Sudan to Ahmed Haroun, under indictment by the
International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, the UN
admitted Friday in response to questions from Inner City Press.
March 3 the UN
Security Council met about renewed fighting in the disputed Abyei
region. Back in January, Inner City Press got the UN to acknowledge
they had flown ICC indictee Haroun from South Kordofan, where he
serves fellow ICC indictee Omar al Bashir as governor, to Abyei.
UN has defended
this controversial flight by saying that Haroun and Haroun alone
could stop violence in Abyei. The UN never explained why the
government of Sudan, which has an air force currently bombing civilians
in Jebel Marra in Darfur, couldn't itself fly Haroun.
UN said it was
a scheduled flight, then UN Mission in Sudan chief Haile Menkerios
Inner City Press that it was a special flight. Inner City Press is
told such flights cost $40,000, and the UN has confirm no
reimbursement has been sought from the Bashir government.
violence has continued, making the UN flight of ICC indictee Haroun
harder to justify even by the UN's own argument.
UN's Ban & spox Nesirky, cost of flying ICC indictee not shown
3 in front
of the Security Council, Inner City Press asked Council president for
March Li Baodong of China if the UN Peacekeeping official who briefed
the Council, Atul Khare, had mentioned if Haroun would again be flown
in a UN helicopter. Li Baodong did not directly answer.
the March 4 UN
noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky to confirm or deny that that the UN would
once again fly ICC indictee Haroun to Abyei, even now that his work in
connection with the first flight has proved ineffective.
would check. Ten minutes later, Nesirky's deputy Farhan Haq announced
by speaker to all UN correspondents that yes, Haroun attended today's
meeting in Abyei, and yes, “he was transported” by the UN.
impunity, even for one of the few people indicted for war crimes by
the ICC. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon brags about the Security Council's partial
referral of the situation in Libya to the ICC -- a referral that Ban
Ki-moon did not even call for until after the Council voted to make
promoting and enshrining lawlessness, with no transparency or
accountability. Watch this site.
of 3:48 pm -- Human Rights Watch, via Richard Dicker, submitted
is the second time in recent weeks the UN has transported Ahmed
Haroun who is charged by the ICC with war crimes in Darfur. We have
real concerns because the U.N. should not be in the business of
transporting Haroun. There needs to be an extremely high threshold of
urgency for such action by UNMIS.”
been sought from the Missions to the UN of France, the UK and the US,
with the latter two asked if they knew in advance of the UN's new
flight of ICC indictee Haroun. Given her
statements this year about
social media, & after hours of non-response by the US Mission
to the UN,@AmbassadorRice
has been asked directly as well. Watch
4:30 pm -- Then this, from UK Mission to the UN spokesman Daniel
spokesperson, I would only reiterate the message that my two
Ambassadors have both said on the record (and published by Inner City
Press) first time around: that we aren’t going to second guess how
UNMIS fulfills its mandate to provide good offices to the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) parties in efforts to resolve
differences through dialogue and negotiations. I’d only add that
this work is particularly important at this sensitive time, to
contain any potential escalation after the recent Abyei violence.”
again that violence has persisted despite the UN flying ICC indictee
Ahmed Haroun in the first time, and that it is the role of UN member
states to oversee the UN Secretariat, not to defer in this case to
what some see as its promotion of impunity - but at least the UK
would put its position on the record.
4:43 pm -- this too has come in, perhaps in response:
Mar 4, 201
Subject: Haroun and Abyei
To: Matthew.Lee [at]
ask great questions! Have you noticed perhaps that the United
Nations seems to be unaware of who is causing the violence in Abyei.
And yet "diplomatic sources" report seeing the burial of 33
bodies - all southerners.
nomads say the violence started when SPLM police shot at them
(Hitler used a similar ploy to invade Poland) - and today thousands
of civilians fled Abyei fearing another crisis like in June 2008. The
Dinka Ngok villages north of Abyei, such as Maker, have been
burnt to the ground. The end explains the means. There is a
creeping ethnic cleansing going on in the Abyei region despite the
agreements of 2005 and the Court of Arbitration ruling in 2010.
Haroun to Abyei - what is his cv? It is, as you correctly point
out, that of arming arab militias to burn villages. I hope to see
more of your questions pinning the UN to the responsibility to
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Different Stories from Sudan Mission, Haroun to Fly?
3 -- After dozens of death in Abyei, the matter was
taken up Thursday in the UN Security Council. Outside the chamber,
Inner City Press was confronted by two different versions of events,
from two Ambassadors co-exising in Sudan's Mission to the UN under
the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Southern Sudan / SPLM said that Khartoum is trying to take Abyei step
by step, using the nomadic tribes.
Representative from Khartoum, on the other hand, said that the tribes
were simply going about their traditional business when local police
with the SPLM stopped them then shot at them.
Council President for March, Li Baodong, read out a press statement
and took a single Press question: who is to blame for the violence,
and did UN Peacekeeping say if the UN Mission in Sudan will again, as
it did in January, be providing a free flight to South Kordofan
governor Ahmed Haroun, indicted for war crimes in Darfur by the
International Criminal Court?
are watching the
situation closely, Li Baodong replied, presumably referring to the
fighting in Abyei and not any UN assistance to indictee Haroun. A
Western Deputy Permanent Representative and his spokesman said that
they hadn't heard DPKO give any notice in consultations of a repeat
flight for Haroun. But... we'll be watching the situation closely.
Thursday's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Martin
Nesirky about reports of continued bombing from the air by the
government in Jebel Marra in Darfur. Nesirky said he didn't know about
this and would look into it. We'll see.
UN Security Council in Sudan 10/10, Ahmed Haroun not
shown, (c) MRLee
Meanwhile the South Sudan representative says very few
Southerners went to Libya, while there are many Northerners there. The
International Organization for Migration has told Sudan it can only
repatriate those who get out, mostly to Tunisia.
Ibrahim of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement is still in Tripoli.
Inner City Press asked Nesirky if the UN would respond to calls,
including from Suleiman Jamous, to get him out and to Doha.From the
UN's March 1 transcript:
on Libya, there is this Suleiman Jamous; there is this
high profile JEM leader, the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur,
has said that the JEM has asked the UN to help get Khalil Ibrahim,
the leader of JEM out of Libya, maybe to take him to the Doha talks
or otherwise. Can you confirm that a request has been received and
what is the UNs response to, not to say that one person, but this is
somebody that Mr. [Djibril] Bassolé has been dealing with, it
says they want to go to Doha. Are they going to be taken out of
Libya? Can the UN do anything about that?
have seen the reports, and we’ll follow up on it. I think I
probably answered the second part of that question just now, given
the security constraints that there are at the moment. What’s your
question; the final question now?
squawked the following: "The UN-AU joint
mediation team has been working for some months with Dr. Khalil
Ibrahim of the Justice and Equality Movement regarding his attendance
at the peace talks in Doha. The Joint Mediation continues to work
with him on his movement to Doha, including under the present
circumstances in Libya."]