Friday, March 06, 2009

Aid Workers Forced to Leave Sudan

The Times Online (London) reports that the Sudanese government, in protest of the warrant for the arrest of its president, is creating a humanitarian crisis by expelling aid organizations from the country. The International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued a warrant for the arrest of President Omar Al Bashir on March 4 for "war crimes and crimes against humanity."

Sudan told 13 international charities--including Oxfam, Medicins sans Frontieres, and Care--that it was revoking their licenses to operate in Sudan because the organizations had provided information to the ICC. The Sudanese government denounces the arrest warrant on its website, describing the ICC "as the White Man Court which strives to politicize justice paving the way for new colonization." However, a UN News Centre article warns that the expulsion of the aid agencies could have dire humanitarian consequences for the region.

For additional resources about Sudan, see our guide to this country.

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