Traveling Sudanese president ruffles rights feathers

Feb. 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo has a history of working with the international courts and should cooperate regarding Sudan's president, a rights leader said.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in Kinshasa this week attending a regional economic conference. He's wanted by the International Criminal Court on 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes stemming from the genocide in Darfur last decade.

Descarte Mpongo, executive security of the Christian Activists Actions for Human Rights in DRC, said in a statement the Congolese government has a long track record with the ICC.

"Having long worked closely with the ICC, Congo should demonstrate that it stands on the side of Darfuri victims, and arrest al-Bashir," he said in a statement Tuesday.

The U.N. Security Council in February extended by 13 months a mandate for a panel of experts appointed to monitor sanctions on Sudan. It said in a statement on the extension it "regretted" some government officials were interfering with peace in the country.

Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda has said more than 400,000 people were displaced in the ongoing conflict in Darfur last year.

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