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Sudanese President Bashir's offer to help disarm Libyan militias outrages rights group

Tripoli, Sun, 08 Jan 2012 ANI

Tripoli, Jan 8 (ANI): Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has offered help to Libya in disarming the nation's former rebel fighters.


Bashir, whose visit to Libya has angered rights groups, also said the fall of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was like a 'gift' to the Sudanese people.


"We have good experience in integrating insurgents and entering them into the armed forces or the police. Our officers are ready at any time," the BBC quoted Bashir, as saying.


In his first visit to Libya since the NTC took power, Bashir said Gaddafi's departure was the "best piece of news in Sudan's modern history".


"We came here to thank the Libyan people for the gift they offered to the Sudanese people by removing Gaddafi. Injustice, aggression and violence led to the division of Sudan, and this had the direct support of Gaddafi," he said.


According to the report, the NTC's welcome for Bashir was criticised by Richard Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch.


In a statement, Dicker said that the welcome offered to Bashir "raises questions about the NTC's stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law".


"Following the end of decades of brutal rule in Libya, it is disturbing if Tripoli hosts a head of state on the run from international arrest warrants for grave human rights violations," Dicker said


Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide in Darfur.


The ICC has issued two warrants for Bashir's arrest, the first, in March 2009, on counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the second, in July 2010, on three counts of genocide.


The warrant obliges all countries who are signatories to the ICC charter to arrest Bashir if they have the chance. Libya is not a signatory. (ANI)


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