South Africa will be defying its Constitution and law if it persists with a decision to refuse to cooperate with an international arrest warrant issued for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, civil society organisations said on Wednesday.
"The decision by the African Union represents the most serious challenge to the struggle against impunity and lawlessness on the African continent," the organisations said in a statement.
The decision to not cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the arrest of al-Bashir was made at a meeting of African heads of state at the Assembly of the AU earlier in July.
Al-Bashir has been indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in Darfur.
"This decision impacts profoundly on the rule of law, both locally and internationally."
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