UN will investigate war crimes in Syria

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The UN General Assembly voted for the establishment of a special commission that will help documenting the most serious violations of international law in Syria, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.

105 member states voted for the resolution of the Assembly. 15 states, including Russia, Syria, Iran, China, Cuba, and Venezuela, opposed the resolution. Representatives of 52 countries abstained.

The document creates an “international independent and impartial mechanism” under the auspices of the UN, which will “collect, compile, store, and analyze evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and violations of human rights, and prepare documents in order to facilitate and accelerate fair and independent criminal proceedings.”

The staff will assist to the work of Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Syria, which was founded in 2011 under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council.

The authors of the resolution were representatives of Liechtenstein and Qatar. Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, Christian Venaveser hoped that the resolution would be “a significant step” to coordinate the work being done at the United Nations in connection with the Syrian events.

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said that the resolution is a “flagrant interference in the affairs of a UN member state,” as well as “a direct threat to the resolution” of the conflict.

Source: BBC

 

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