Syria war crimes evidence must go to Hague, UN urges

UN Human Rights Council says evidence of war crimes should go to the International Criminal Court but Security Council members likely to veto.

Syria war crimes evidence must go to Hague, UN urges

World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations has passed a resolution for evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria to be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The motion was passed by the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday in a vote of 32 to five, with 10 abstentions.

The resolution condemned violations carried out by the Syrian regime, the ISIL, and other opposition groups.

However, the resolution must be passed by the Security Council before it can be put into action and is likely to be vetoed by Syria’s allies Russia and China.

The resolution also condemned Syria's refusal to cooperate with a commission of inquiry; noted the use of chemical weapons as a breach of international law; and urged the international community to support those countries hosting the most Syrian refugees.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has collected "compelling evidence" that toxic chemicals were used "systematically and repeatedly" used in three villages in northern Syria.

The Syrian government agreed to the destruction of its declared chemical weapons stockpile after a chemical attack in August last year that killed more than 1,400 in the suburbs of Damascus.

Last Mod: 26 Eylül 2014, 10:05
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