General Assembly Security Council

UNSC briefing ICC - Sudan

(9 June 2021)

 

India statement delivered by  Mr. R. Ravindra

Deputy Permanent Representative & Political Coordinator

 

Thank you, Mr. President.

 

At the outset, I would like to state that India is not a signatory to the Rome Statute and not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

2. We have noted the ICC Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda’s 33rd report on the situation in Darfur, submitted pursuant to paragraph 8 of the UN Security Council resolution 1593 and for updating the Council on her recent visit to Sudan. Since this will be her last briefing to the Council, I join others in extending to her our best wishes for her future endeavours.

 

3. The Transitional Government of Sudan has shown willingness to address issues relating to transitional justice, including accountability for human rights violations, through a truth and reconciliation process. The parties to the Juba Peace Agreement have also agreed to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with respect to Darfur, and a Special Court for Darfur Crimes. The jurisdiction of this Special Court, which will include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes since 2002, is an important step in the right direction.

 

4. This pursuit of justice for victims of crimes in Darfur is also reflected in the cooperation shown by the authorities. The signing on 14 February 2021 of the MoU on cooperation on the June 2020 surrender case is a welcome development, so is the signing on May 10, of a country-wide agreement on cooperation by the transitional authorities. It is important that both sides continue to engage on outstanding issues to find mutually acceptable solutions.

 

5. We note the positive outcome from the recent visit of the Prosecutor to Khartoum and Darfur. We hope that the constructive exchanges with the Sudanese authorities will lead to a consensus-based way forward on the mandate of ICC, given the fact that Sudan is not a party to the Rome Statute.

 

6. As Sudan transitions to a more peaceful, stable and prosperous future, there is a need to provide it with all necessary assistance to redress the shadows of the past, promote inter-communal harmony and protect the fundamental rights of all its citizens. In this context, it will be important to build the capacity of the national judicial institutions to deal with past cases. Further, it will serve the credibility of the ICC to partner with national judicial institutions and assist in its capacity building.

 

7. Lastly, we urge the international community to provide all possible assistance to the Transitional Government for the successful completion of the current transition phase. Over the years, India has implemented several projects in Sudan in the sectors of energy, transport and agro-industry through concessional lines of credit. We have also assisted in capacity building through our scholarship programmes and extended humanitarian assistance by supplying food and lifesaving drugs. India remains committed to supporting Sudan and its people in this important phase of political transition.

 

I thank you, Mr. President.

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