Pursuing perpetrators of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur before the ICC

In 2003, the forces of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir launched a campaign against the citizens of Darfur that the UN estimates killed 300,000 civilians and displaced over 2 million others. This campaign was implemented by the Sudanese government together with their allied Janjaweed militiamen, known as ‘devils on horseback’. These acts led the International Criminal Court to issues a series of arrest warrants accusing Bashir and others of being responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Among these was Mr. Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, a senior leader of the Janjaweed militia charged with 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed between 2003-2004 in Darfur. He is the first and only suspect to appear before the ICC in a case linked to the Situation in Darfur, almost two decades after his alleged crimes. In 2020-2021 CFJ Co-President Ms. Amal Clooney represented 126 Darfuri victims of Mr. Kushayb’s alleged crimes and acted as their appointed Legal Representative before the International Criminal Court.  She did so in collaboration with lawyers from the Docket who co-represented the victims in the case and, together with experts from the Sentry, led outreach efforts with the survivor community. In July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC issued a decision confirming all charges brought by the Prosecutor against the suspect, with the trial expected to begin in April 2022.  Ms Clooney now acts as the Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the ICC on Darfur.