The International Criminal Court in the Hague has issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, "for war crimes and crimes against humanity."
This is a momentous decision - the Save Darfur Coalition calls it a "game-changer". The ICC's official statement continues:
Tomorrow, the ICC will hold a press conference announcing whether it will issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur.
The ICC is expected to indict Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday March 4th for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur.
Today's Pick features the voices of four men who actually participated in those crimes. This video from the Aegis Trust features two former Janjaweed, and two former Sudanese Army members speaking about witnessing and participating in the atrocities in Darfur.
Update - Saturday 28th February 2009:
Priscila, Tina and I spent part of yesterday with our colleagues over at Human Rights Watch, and at the same time as being generous with their expertise, time and hospitality, they were preparing to release this report and slideshow, calling on the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to bring an immediate end to the "ongoing slaughter of civilians".
If you watch one thing today, make it this video. And then forward it to 5 people you know. Why? Because it features stark and rare testimony from four alleged perpetrators of the mass atrocities in Darfur, and it needs to be seen as widely as possible.
What are you doing tomorrow night, February 11th, at 8pm EST (or 1am GMT)? I hope you'll consider joining me in taking part in One Night, One Voice - along with thousands of others across the USA and the world to bear witness to the testimonies of Darfuri women - and to take action. The Save Darfur Coalition and the
The information war being fought over Gaza is one of the most commented-on aspects of the current crisis - Israeli military footage, Twitter updates, Facebook groups, media interviews, blogs, the use of megaphone software like
Our question - what image opened your eyes to human rights - has elicited really varied responses. Many have talked about television news, photojournalism, raw footage - but we've also had Aidan White talking about a painting... So today here's a quick dip into other kinds of visual advocacy - cartoons and posters.