Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Syria need not fear the international criminal court – for now

President Assad is safe from charges of crimes against humanity while he has the support of Russia and China

Ian Black

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 December 2011

"Syria has reacted with predictable fury to the call by the UN human rights commissioner for it to be investigated for crimes against humanity following the killing of more than 5,000 people since the uprising began nine months ago.

President Bashar al-Assad can be fairly confident that it will not happen – for the simple reason that the international criminal court (ICC) can only act at the request of the UN security council. With Russia and China still backing him and prepared to wield their vetoes, he is safe – for now...."

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