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|January 30, 2010|
Last March the ICC issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir last March on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, rape and torture, and displacement of millions, but said it lacked evidence to prosecute al-Bashir for the crime of genocide. Moreno-Ocampo appealed the ruling, arguing that nearly 3 million people languishing in Darfur s camps, itself justifies the label of genocide.
"The people in the camps are still suffering what I consider genocide," he said. "And in a few weeks the appeal chairman will rule on my request to include genocide charges. I think I will win." Moreno-Ocampo said conditions in the camps amounted to a "slow death" which the world has lost interest in.
HAS GENOCIDE OCCURRED IN DARFUR?
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 defines genocide as any -not all- of the following acts with intent ---
It is clear to me that ALL of the elements listed below were at play during 2003-2004 rampage when 80-90% of Darfurs villages were destroyed. The Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa tribes were targeted by the Khartoum regime and its entire apparatus in coordination with the Janjaweed, .
Some question whether the genocide continues today. For seven years, nearly three million people primarily of the Fur, Zaghawa, Masalit tribes are barely surviving in refugee camps. I think the genocide is in fact complete-the culture and the villages of these three tribes are memories. Traditional tribal life is no more. It is doubtful that it can ever be reclaimed. People are dying of disease and hunger now, they lack basic necessities such as clean water, sanitation, sufficient food, tents, education and medicines. Genocide by attrition.
Excerpt from the Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of Genocide (For full text click here <http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/index.htm#text> )
"Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;