Arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes during the conflict remain outstanding.
Despite a previous commitment to disarm the Janjaweed militia, the Sudanese Government have employed them as Rapid Support Forces and continue to deploy them in the ongoing conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.
Although these initial atrocities occurred between 2003-2005, there is still ongoing violence in the region and civilians continue to be under attack in Sudan’s other ongoing conflicts. Fighting between April and June 2023, displaced an estimated 1.67 Million people inside Sudan and over 550,000 people fled Sudan during this period.
Omar al-Bashir was removed from power in April 2019 following protests and violent clashes in Sudan. Since his downfall, two rival generals have gone to war and violence has escalated to catastrophic levels, including attacks by the Rapid Support Forces. The situation continues to unfold and members of the Sudanese community here in the UK live in fear for their loved ones back in Sudan.