Background Briefing

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Meaningful accountability is essential for sustainable peace in Sudan. The national courts must take steps to end impunity for the crimes that occurred in Darfur. As things stand, however, Human Rights Watch concludes that the Sudanese government has not shown a genuine commitment to national prosecutions for the events in Darfur.  Unless there is a reversal of policy on the part of Khartoum and real political will to punish past atrocities and prevent further crimes, the SCCED will continue to fail to provide any form of accountability or justice for the crimes in Darfur.  This failure is all the more stark given that the ICC will only prosecute a limited number of cases and cannot, by itself, provide justice to the thousands of victims of crimes in Darfur. 

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