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Designation of Ahmad Mohammad Harun under the War Crimes Rewards Program – U.S. Department of State

The State Department today appoints Ahmad Mohammad Harun, Sudan’s former interior minister under the Omar al Bashir regime, to the War Crimes Rewards Program. Harun is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur between 2003 and 2004. During this time, Harun is accused of recruiting, mobilizing, funding and arming the notorious Janjaweed militia, a precursor to the Rapid Support Forces and engaging in atrocities such as murder, rape, torture, forced relocation, persecution and other inhumane acts. It is vital that Harun is found and that he appears before the ICC to face the charges against him.

Lasting peace in Sudan requires justice for victims and accountability for those responsible for human rights abuses and abuses, past and present. There is a clear and direct link between the impunity of abuses under the Bashir regime, including those blamed on Harun, and the violence in Darfur today. In fact, we see some of the same perpetrators victimizing the same communities in ways that are an ominous reminder of the horrors of twenty years ago. We welcome the ICC Prosecutor’s announcement that he is investigating the ongoing violence and call on all States to cooperate with the ICC in its Darfur investigation.

Through the War Crimes Rewards Program, the Department offers rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction of certain foreign individuals wanted for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The program is one of the ministry’s key tools to combat impunity for atrocities worldwide and to support justice institutions. Over its lifetime, it has contributed to more than 20 cases and paid out more than $8 million. Anyone with information about Harun’s whereabouts should contact the War Crimes Rewards Program via WhatsApp or text at 202-975-5468 or email at wcrp@state.gov. The identity of the persons providing information will be treated as strictly confidential without their express consent. The program may also take into account ICC recommendations based on information provided directly to the Court. For more information about the War Crimes Rewards program, visit the Department’s War Crimes Rewards website.

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