Angelina Jolie Pleads For International Intervention in Darfur

Today, Angelina Jolie writes for Time, "Friday is a defining moment in the history of justice." Why? Because the U.N. Security Council is getting the (obvious) results of the International Criminal Court investigation into Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.

She writes:

The evidence the prosecutor has presented is clear and compelling. Millions of people have been displaced; hundreds of thousands have been killed and, at the center of it all stands Sudanese President Omar al Bashir who has been indicted on seven counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity.

One of those crimes, in fact, is the use of rape as a weapon of genocide, which is the laws first use.

Jolie also talks about what continues to happen at the world's attention ebbs and flows from Darfur.

More than 250,000 people from Darfur have lived destitute lives in refugee camps in Chad for six years now. Camps with more than two million internally displaced persons inside Darfur are even worse. Thirty percent of those displaced are school-age children. Girls leaving the camps are raped; boys leaving the camps are killed.

The problem, of course, is that we haven't seen fit to do terribly much about it.

The U.N. Security Council, Jolie says, can choose to intervene after the prosecutor's presentation, or it can sit idly by and allow Bashir to continue killing his own people and thumbing his nose at the international community.

According to the UN Charter, the Security Council exists "to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security." If the results of the Darfur investigation which they ordered don't merit their active engagement, what does?

Today the Security Council member states will be faced with a simple decision - to embrace impunity or to end it.

As they are considering Bashir's fate they are also considering their own.

They are also considering the future of all the residents of Darfur, who Bashir continues to attempt to exterminate.

The Case Against Omar Al Bashir [Time]

Earlier: Darfur: When Assault Becomes A Case For Genocide