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Luis Moreno-Ocampo at Cinema for Peace Emergency Screening in New York:"Bashir is a War Criminal. He Needs to be Arrested.“

An outcry by civil society and the fear to get arrested has ensured that the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has cancelled last minute his visit to the United Nations, where he had intended to hold a speech today.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo at Cinema for Peace Emergency Screening in New York:"Bashir is a  War Criminal. He Needs to be Arrested.“

Invitation to Emergency Screening in New York

Many organizations like the ENOUGH project, which is supported by artists such as George Clooney, and the Cinema for Peace Foundation, strongly opposed the visit, asked for denying a visa, requested hotels not to provide accommodation and held an emergency film screening in New York today of "The Devil came on Horseback" about atrocities in Darfur committed by Bashir and his government during Bashir’s originally intended speech.

At the screening, the First Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said: "Bashir is a war criminal. He needs to be arrested." His successor Fatou Bensouda expressed towards the chairman and founder of the Cinema for Peace Foundation, Jaka Bizilj, at the launch of the UN initiative of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague, and Angelina Jolie against the use of sexual violence in conflict that Bashir will be brought on trial in The Hague.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The U.S. Government was deeply concerned by this unprecedented situation. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power referred to the trip as "deplorable, cynical and hugely inappropriate."

Sudan is one of the countries, where genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity have killed thousands of people but that is often forgotten because of other humanitarian crises worldwide. The screening of the film by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern was hosted by Cinema for Peace with filmmakers in cooperation with Cultural Project & Enough Project on the occasion of the UN General Assembly in New York. The First Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, gave the introduction to the screening.

Cinema for Peace has been engaged in several projects in Sudan. One ongoing project is the filming of a documentary on the conflict and ethnic cleansing taking place in the Nuba Mountains and South Kordofan regions of Sudan. The footage gathered is now being edited into a work sample as well as into news clips for international distribution. Filmmaker Andrew Berends presented some excerpts at the screening too.

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