President Al-Bashir, Charged with Genocide, Speaks at Humanitarian Conference
(New York, NY) –– The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released a new report that traces the rise of Sudan’s National Congress Party (NCP) and longtime President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2008. His appearance at a humanitarian conference in Qatar on May 14 prompted U.S., Canadian, and Australian ambassadors to boycott the event.
The NCP, the successor organization to the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated National Islamic Front (NIF), has a long and controversial history that includes welcoming such notorious terrorists as Osama bin Laden and a number of extremist groups, including al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The NCP and its precursors have at times embraced genocidal violence against the country’s non-Muslims to advance their Islamist agenda.
According to the charges brought before the ICC, Bashir funded and armed Islamist militias known as the Janjaweed in the Darfur region of western Sudan that slaughtered more than 480,000 men, women, and children beginning in 2003.