International support for Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy must include targeted assistance for key human rights reforms and accountability efforts to secure justice for victims of past abuses.
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Over the past 10 months, Sudan has been rocked by a historic revolution. In August, the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change agreed to a new interim constitution, ushering in a delicate phase of the political transition.
Editor’s Note: Sudan is in the throes of revolution, raising hopes that a government with a brutal history may be at an end. Sudan, however, could also follow the path of Libya, Yemen and other countries where hopeful revolution devolved into civil war and slaughter. Jason Blazakis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies argues that a U.S. role in Sudan's transition is critical.
The international criminal law world was abuzz the last two days over the possibility that the President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, might actually be arrested in South Africa on International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants dating from 2009 and 2010, charging him with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.