They're talking about Sudan! Aegis Students welcomes this week's developments by FCO on International Justice
It’s been a good week for Aegis Students! On Monday a public statement made by the Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds expressed disappointment at Nigeria for hosting President Bashir during the African Union health Summit, despite ICC arrest warrants against him for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The Minister stated that “the British Government takes seriously its obligations as a State Party to the Rome Statute and consistently urges other State Parties in all parts of the world to do the same”. Aegis Students welcomes this statement as we have long campaigned for the UK to adopt a stronger position towards President Bashir’s regime and to use its position on the UN Security Council to hold those responsible for the gravest crimes accountable.
Friday 5th July saw the completion of the Aegis Students and Wiener Library Exhibition Project, in which three enthusiastic Aegis Students spent one week researching, designing, and finally installing three display cases in the library’s Wolfson Reading Room. The group were tasked with curating an exhibition which showcased some of the Library’s extensive collection alongside modern day items which relate to the work of The Aegis Trust. The vision for this exhibition was to ‘make the past speak to the present’, and so the group set about finding material from both the Nazi era alongside modern items, conveying the links between past and present cases of genocide.
This week from the 1st to the 5th July Aegis Students is working in partnership with the Wiener Library, Britian’s largest archive relating to the Holocaust and Nazi era, to bring five enthusiastic students the opportunity to research, design and install three mini-exhibitions in the library’s reading room display cases.
This exhibition will showcase materials from the library’s collection, such as leaflets, newspaper cuttings and photographs, alongside modern day items that are relevant to the work of The Aegis Trust. The vision for this project is to ‘make the past speak to the present’ and so the group of participants are tasked with curating an exhibition which draws on some of the themes and topics of genocide both past and present. In choosing the themes and content of the cases the group will hope to convey a message through their items, which holds a contemporary significance.