Syrian opposition expects Assad's referral to ICC

"The ICC prosecutor has the right to file the lawsuit regardless whether or not the country is an ICC member if he sees that crimes against humanity have been committed," Hesham Marwa, a legal member of the Syrian National Coalition said.

Syrian opposition expects Assad's referral to ICC

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Syrian opposition member has expected the referral of Bashar al-Assad's regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.

"The ICC prosecutor has the right to file the lawsuit regardless whether or not the country is an ICC member if he sees that crimes against humanity have been committed," Hesham Marwa, a legal member of the Syrian National Coalition, told Anadolu Agency.

He said that the coalition and international human rights groups have presented documents to the ICC about human rights violations by the Assad's regime in the past three years.

He claimed that some "positive" signs have been given by the ICC prosecutor's office and that "a decision will be issued soon that will make up for the fading hope".

Syria has remained in the throes of conflict since early 2011, when a peaceful uprising against al-Assad escalated into full-fledged civil war following a violent government crackdown.

According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 136,000 people have been killed since the conflict began.

The U.N. Security Council is due to discuss a French proposal on Tuesday for the referral of the Syrian regime to the ICC for war crimes.

The move, however, is expected to be vetoed by Russia, a main backer of the Assad's regime.

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