Rights group slams Libya visit by Sudan's Bashir

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Rights group slams Libya visit by Sudan's Bashir

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court, is in Libya to hold talks with its post-Gaddafi leaders.

The visiting leader openly backed the uprising that ousted the late Colonel, who had himself supported anti-government rebels in Sudan.

But as Bashir was received by Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council, its commitment to human rights and the rule of law was questioned by Human Rights Watch. That is because he is wanted by the Hague-based tribunal on charges of orchestrating genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Khartoum is accused of mobilising troops and mostly Arab militias to crush an uprising against the government. It has always denied any links to the Janjaweed.