Two former Dutch foreign affairs ministers are to join Amnesty International officials on Tuesday and call on Sudan to hand over two suspected war crime suspects to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, reports ANP news service.
Max van der Stoel and Peter Kooijmans and Amnesty International director Eduard Nazarski will present the Sudanese ambassador with a petition signed by 40,000 Dutch citizens calling for the junior Sudanese humanitarian minister Ahmed Haroun and Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb to be sent to the Netherlands.
The Sudanese government has so far refused to send the men for trial on charges that they are responsible for atrocities in the Darfur region. More than 200,000 people have died in the five-year conflict in Darfur and some 2.5 million people have fled the region, says Amnesty.
‘It is a tragedy that should never have been allowed to happen and certainly should not remain unpunished,’ the organisation is quoted by ANP as saying.
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