Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Darfur, pursuant to UNSCR 1593 (2005)

Madame President,Your Excellencies,

It is once again a pleasure for me to interact with the Council, albeit virtually, as I present my Office’s thirty-first report on the Darfur situation, pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1593.

At the outset, I wish to congratulate France for presiding over the Presidency of this Council, and to express my sincere appreciation for facilitating today’s briefing in the midst of a rather hectic monthly work-plan for June for this august body. I am grateful for the flexibility and importance attached to this briefing.

As the world continues to navigate the uncertain and unprecedented era of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the wheels of justice have continued to turn at the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) and in my Office in particular. We have made every effort to adapt to the current reality of a virtual world, and the Office has maintained a notable degree of business continuity despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, including the closure of the ICC premises since March.

Madame President, Your Excellencies,
As many of you will be aware, yesterday, ICC suspect, Ali Kushayb, was transferred to the custody of the Court, following his surrender. This is a pivotal development in the Darfur situation, especially for those victims who have waited so long for justice. read more

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