Statement on International Campaign Against Sudan and Its President
|Thursday, July 24,2008 14:21|
|By Dr. Muhammad Selim Al-`Awwa, Iumsonline.net|
The secretariat-general of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) received with deep concern the call of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor for an arrest warrant against the Sudanese president, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, claiming he is responsible for crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.
In this regard, we assert the following:
First: Neither the ICC prosecutor nor any of his assistants visited the scene of the alleged events or met with Sudanese officials. His report merely depended on the false claims of some Sudanese opposition residing outside
Second: The delegation of the IUMS, which was headed by the IUMS president, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, visited
Third: The independent and neutral fact-finding committee completely denied the charges that the ICC prosecutor claimed against the Sudanese government and President Omar Al-Bashir.
Fourth: According to Article (11/2) of the ICC Statute, the ICC’s jurisdiction is confined to the States Parties to the Statute. In addition, the ICC is complementary to national criminal jurisdictions, according to the Preamble and Article (1) of the Statute. Thus, as
Fifth: The American threat to take action to arrest the Sudanese president, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir is simply part of a series of American interventions in the private internal affairs of other states. The American administration seeks to play the role of “international policeman”, that enables it to exercise its military strength without commitment to the rules that have been established in international laws and the provisions of international treaties. In this context, it is important to note that the
Accordingly, the IUMS secretariat-general calls upon the whole world, especially scholars, preachers, people of justice and fairness among the followers of all religions, and defenders of freedom and human rights, to stand united against this illegal action that was taken by the ICC prosecutor against the Sudanese president, to prevent its implementation. In addition, the IUMS secretariat-general invites Arab foreign ministers who will meet at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Saturday Rajab 16, 1429 A.H., corresponding to July 19, 2008 to adopt the strongest attitudes against this unprecedented action that affects the sovereignty of a member in the Arab League, and violates the internationally recognized immunity of heads of states.
The IUMS believes that the Arab failure to halt the false measures currently being taken against the Sudanese president will open the door to other acts against Arab kings and presidents, especially in light of the successive accusations against many Arab countries concerning the violation of human rights. Therefore, the Islamic duty necessitates all Arab and Muslim states to unite and stand together to prevent any violation of human rights in their homelands, regardless of the cause. In addition, Islam requires Arab and Muslim states to take all possible actions against the violation of international law and the ICC Statute, through their attitudes within the United Nations and through their international bilateral and collective relations, in order to retain the prestige of the international system and the sovereignty of states.
Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, and He (Exalted and Glorified be He) is behind the intention