wha do you call this? neocolonism

A South African court on Sunday issued a
temporary ban on Sudanese President Omar al-
Bashir leaving the country after the
International Criminal Court called for him to
be arrested at a summit in Johannesburg.
Bashir, who is wanted over alleged war crimes,
crimes against humanity and genocide in the
Darfur conflict, mostly travels to countries
that have not joined the ICC, but South Africa
is a signatory of the court’s statutes. The
Pretoria High Court said in a statement it was
“compelling respondents to prevent President
Omar Al-Bashir from the leaving the country
until an order is made in this Court.” The
hearing is set to take place later Sunday, the
opening day of African Union summit. The
ruling came after the Southern African
Litigation Centre, a legal rights group,
launched an urgent court application to force
the authorities to arrest Bashir. “South Africa
has an obligation to arrest him,”
Johannesburg-based rights lawyer Gabriel
Shumba told AFP. “Failure to do so puts them
in the same bracket as other African regimes
who have no respect for human rights. It’s
actually a test for South Africa.” A South
African government official at the summit
confirmed media reports that Bashir was at the
meeting, but declined to give further details.
“There’s no point denying it now,” said the
official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The summit is chaired by Zimbabwe’s President
Robert Mugabe, who has urged African leaders
to pull out of the ICC, which critics accuse of
targeting Africa. The ICC said in a statement
from its headquarters in The Hague that it
“calls on South Africa … to spare no effort in
ensuring the execution of the arrest warrants”
against Bashir. It said South Africa diplomats
had been pressed last month to arrest Bashir if
he attended the summit, but that they replied
they faced “competing obligations” over the
issue. Darfur erupted into conflict in 2003
when insurgents mounted a campaign against
Bashir’s government, complaining their region
was politically and economically marginalised.


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