The Coalition for the ICC sent to H.R.H. King Abdullah II of Jordan today, expressing dismay at the invitation extended to an ICC fugitive, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, to attend the 28th Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, this week.
President al-Bashir is subject to two outstanding ICC arrest warrants on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed in Darfur, Sudan. The success of the ICC depends on the strong support of those who brought it into existence: states. Jordan is a state party to the Rome Statute and has been a very strong supporter of the fight against impunity in the lead up to and since the establishment of the ICC.
The Coalition therefore urges His Majesty King Abdullah II to uphold the long-standing commitment and role of Jordan in ensuring an end to impunity by reconsidering the invitation that was extended to President al-Bashir to attend the Summit. Should President al-Bashir however travel to Jordan this week, we urge His Majesty to deny him entry into the territory. We further call on Jordan – an ICC State Party – to uphold its legal commitments set out in the Rome Statute to ensure that al-Bashir is arrested, so that he can face justice.
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