HRW blasts Sudan court for failing to prosecute Darfur war crimes Joshua Pantesco at 1:21 PM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] accused Sudan's Special Criminal Court on the Events in Darfur [backgrounder] of failing to accomplish its mission of prosecuting war crimes, in a briefing paper [text] released Thursday. In a press release [text], a senior HRW counsel said the court has only prosecuted petty offenses while failing to address the widespread and ongoing human rights abuses taking place in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. The report blames the court's inadequacy on vague Sudanese laws governing war crimes and "command responsibility" of superior officers, other laws that grant immunity to military officers, and on the alleged harassment of victims who complain and failures to investigate such reports. The report further alleges that trials are often held in a single day without the presence of defense counsel or witnesses.
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