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Human Rights Watch, 17 May 2009

(New York) – The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to summon a rebel leader allegedly responsible for the killing of African Union peacekeeping forces in Darfur underscores the gravity of attacks against those deployed to protect civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Rebel commander Bahar Idriss Abu Garda is expected to appear voluntarily before ICC judges tomorrow to respond to the summons.

Bahar Idriss Abu Garda has been charged with war crimes stemming from an assault on an African Union base in Haskanita, South Darfur, Sudan on September 30, 2007 that killed 12 peacekeepers and civilian police officers from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). At least eight others were seriously wounded. Abu Garda will be the first person to appear in relation to the ICC’s Darfur investigation since it was opened in June 2005.

“This case signals the seriousness of deliberately attacking peacekeepers who are defending civilians,” said Richard Dicker, International Justice Program director at Human Rights Watch. “We welcome Bahar Idriss Abu Garda’s appearance at the court, which contrasts starkly with the Sudanese government’s relentless obstruction of justice to the victims in Darfur.”

The Rome Statute of the ICC allows the pretrial chamber to issue a summons to appear rather than an arrest warrant if the judges are satisfied that a summons is sufficient to ensure that the person will appear before the court. The ICC prosecutor made a request for a summons to appear in February 2009.

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Reuters, 08 May 2009

KHARTOUM, May 8 (Reuters) – Carjackers shot and killed an international peacekeeper at the gate of his residence in Sudan’s Darfur region, the UNAMID peacekeeping force said on Friday, describing the attack as a “war crime”.

The military observer, who died on Thursday evening, was the second peacekeeper to be killed in Darfur since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president on March 4 on charges of masterminding violence in the western region.

“UNAMID announces with deep regret that one of its people was shot and killed last night in south Darfur, in Nyala, during a carjacking incident,” UNAMID spokesman Noureddine Mezni said, reading a statement.

“It was approximately 8.30 p.m., and unidentified gunmen shot the male military observer as he was opening the gate of his residence in Nyala,” Mezni said, adding the observer’s car was later found abandoned 17 km (10 miles) outside Nyala.

“This attack is deplorable. UNAMID peacekeepers are here to assist the people of Darfur and any attack on them is totally unacceptable,” the UNAMID statement quoted Rodolphe Adada, United Nations-African Union special representative to Darfur, as saying. He condemned the attack as a war crime.

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Associated Press, 09 March 2009

Khartoum, Sudan: Gunmen ambushed troops of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region Monday night, wounding four soldiers, a spokesman for the mission said.

The attack was the first reported violence against peacekeepers since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant last week for Sudan’s president, accusing him of war crimes in the western region.

The peacekeepers were returning to base in el-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, when they were attacked, said Noureddine Mezni, spokesman for the U.N.-AU mission. One soldier was in serious condition and all the wounded were being evacuated to the mission’s headquarters in northern Darfur, he said. He could not provide further details.

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