“Al-Bashir belongs in handcuffs”

Sudan has begun to register for the elections that are scheduled in April, but it remains unsure whether President Omar Al-Bashir will indeed step down after his 25-year rule. In his interview with War and Peace Talk, Dr Simon Adams (Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect) is adamant that Mr Al-Bashir ‘belongs in handcuffs’. Dr Adams stressed that not only did President Al-Bashir lead a government that committed mass atrocities in Darfur, it is currently also committing atrocities in South Kordofan.

Despite the Sudanese leader’s “long track record of committing atrocities” and an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court, Mr Al-Bashir has not been held accountable for his crimes. Dr Adams is hopeful that ‘the day will come’ when Mr Al Bashir will be held to account, either by the Sudanese judiciary or by the International Criminal Court: “I think Al-Bashir belongs in handcuffs, not in political office.”

Dr Adams partook in a two-day conference titled ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Mass Atrocoties’ hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice on 22 October 2014.