After seven months of deliberation, the ICC announced this morning that it has released an arrest warrant for President Bashir of Sudan. A NY Times article today writes of the celebrations of Sudanese around the world at this news, but also of the fear held by many in the international community that this will only further complicate the situation. Many fear that it “could provoke renewed violence in the country and put at risk the pivotal peace deal that ended an even more deadly civil war in southern Sudan.” It now remains to be seen whether Sudan will actually arrest its President as it is obliged – very unlikely. And if not Sudan, then who? The ICC has no police force of its own.
Crisis Group today released a media statement applauding the Court’s decision, but warning that urgent action is needed by the international community if the decision is to carry any weight. They’ve also released a more in-depth report analyzing possible implications of the indictment and what should be done by all actors involved.