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ICC seeks evidence on Sudan war crimes as displacement tops 10 million

The appeal comes as fighting between the Sudanese army and rival forces escalates, leaving a heavy toll on civilians.
Members of the Sudanese army's Special Mission Forces battalion in the Northern State hold a parade in Karima city on May 19, 2024.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued on Tuesday an urgent appeal for any information and evidence regarding alleged atrocities committed against the civilian population in Sudan’s Darfur region, including in El Fasher, where ongoing fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is raging.

In a video statement released Tuesday, ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan called on international partners, civil society organizations and national authorities to share reliable evidence to support the ICC’s ongoing investigation into alleged rights violations and crimes in Sudan.

“I am extremely concerned about allegations of widespread international crimes being committed in El Fasher and its surrounding areas as I speak,” he said, adding that his office is currently investigating these alleged crimes “with urgency.”

Khan said the evidence collected by his team on the ground in Darfur “seems to show credible, repeated, expanding, continuous allegations of attacks against the civilian population — in particular, attacks directed against camps for internally displaced persons.”

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