The Africa Report: 27 September

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends the 12th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on February 6, 2013 in Cairo. Picture: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

SUDAN PRESIDENT SCRAPS PLANS TO VISIT THE UN

Sudan is denying that President Omar al-Bashir has scrapped plans to attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in the United States (US).

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide in Darfur since 2003 but has ignored its calls for a trial.

Signatories of the Rome Treaty and human rights activists have warned that if al-Bashir were to enter the US and attend the UN gathering, legal action would be taken.

The US is not a signatory of the Treaty but supports the work and processes of the ICC.

US authorities have advised al-Bashir to first report to the ICC in The Hague before joining the world leaders' debate, thus effectively blocking him from attending which, under the Headquarters Agreement, could be problematic.

In addition to this, al-Bashir is facing problems back home with 29 people killed in petrol riots in Khartoum.

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REBELS AND TROOPS CLASH IN EASTERN DRC AS AFRICAN LEADERS TALK ABOUT IT AT UN

Tension between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda continues both physically in the volatile eastern DRC as well as between leaders at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The tension between the DRC and Rwanda was aired at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday when DRC president Joseph Kabila condemned its neighbour for "never-ending aggression".

Kabila stated that peace and progress could not be attained while the DRC was continuously attacked by M23 rebels who are allegedly backed by Rwanda.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame hit back saying Kabila's comments were misguided and that the DRC needed a political solution, not military intervention.

Meanwhile, the M23 rebels are claiming the continuing violence is due to the offensive DRC troops.

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CHARLES TAYLOR LOSES HIS APPEAL TO OVERTURN SENTENCE

Former Liberian president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor has lost his appeal to overturn his 50-year sentence.

The UN and the government of Sierra Leone's Special Court for Sierra Leone found Taylor guilty of war crimes for his involvement in the country's 11-year civil war.

Taylor was the first leader to be found guilty of war crimes since the Nuremberg trials.