Travel of Sudanese President Bashir to South Africa

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2015

The United States is deeply concerned by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's travel to South Africa for the African Union summit.

President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide, and warrants for his arrest remain outstanding.

While the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which sets out the crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, we strongly support international efforts to hold accountable those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In light of the atrocities in Darfur, we call on the Government of South Africa to support the international community's efforts to provide justice for the victims of these heinous crimes.