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Chad says it will not arrest al-Bashir

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Chad says it will not arrest al-Bashir


Two non-governmental organisations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have called on Chad to enforce an international arrest warrant on Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir is visiting Chad in a bid to normalise relations after five years of cross-border proxy war with Sudan fought by rebels.

Al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague last year for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Genocide was added to the charges last month.

This is his first visit since then to a signatory nation of the ICC, and Chad is obliged to detain him under international law. However, Chad’s foreign minister says he will not be troubled during his trip. The African Union has also told its members to allow al-Bashir free passage.

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