His Excellency Hon.

Idriss Deby President of the Republic of Chad Ndjamena, Chad Your Excellency,

March 14, 2013

We, the undersigned, write to convey our deep concern about your decision last month to welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Chad for a summit of the Sahel-Saharan states and to strongly oppose another reported visit by Bashir to attend the African Greenbelt Conference next week. As you know, President Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur. The failure of the international community to bring President Bashir to justice has resulted in the ongoing commission of atrocities against the Sudanese people – first in Darfur, and now in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. As Chad is a state party to the Rome Statute, we strongly urge the Chadian government to abide by its international and moral obligations to rescind the invitation for President Bashir to travel to Chad. Further to your international human rights obligations, if President Bashir does arrive in Chad, we urge you to immediately arrest and surrender him to the ICC upon his arrival. Next week’s visit would be the fourth since the ICC arrest warrants for Bashir were released, giving Chad the dubious distinction of being the ICC state party that has welcomed Bashir more than any other since the issuance of the arrest warrant against him, and the only one to do so twice within the span of just over a month. Chad’s strategic importance and influence in the region make it imperative that the Chadian government demonstrate its support for civilian protection and justice for victims of atrocities in neighboring Sudan. Providing President Bashir with safe haven at this time only serves to embolden a regime that continues to bomb civilian areas and cut off humanitarian aid to those in dire need. Welcoming President Bashir - a fugitive from justice - to Chad not only sends the wrong message to the Sudanese people, including those who live as refugees in Chad, but to perpetrators around the world. We encourage Chad to join with Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia as countries that have indicated they would not welcome Bashir and arrest him if he were to visit. We hope that you will take this opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to human rights, justice and peace by standing up for the people of Sudan and South Sudan - rescind the invitation for President Bashir to travel to Chad or fulfill your obligations by immediately arresting President Bashir upon arrival. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Sincerely, Amnesty International USA Coalition for the International Criminal Court with offices in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Benin CC: H.E. Ambassador Maitine Djoumbe H.E. Ambassador Ahmad Allam-mi Enough Project Physicians for Human Rights United to End Genocide