"Dozens of UN members urge immediate ICC referral of ‘desperate’ situation in
The UN Security Council must immediately refer the situation in
Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in line with a
request made this morning by dozens of UN member states, Amnesty International
In a joint letter to the Council, Switzerland and 56 other states
from all continents noted the Syrian authorities’ failure to investigate and
prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since March 2011.
Since then, according to the letter, “the situation on the ground has
only become more desperate, with attacks on the civilian population and the
commission of atrocities having become almost the norm”.
“For almost two
years, the Security Council has stood by as crimes against humanity, as well as
war crimes after the internal armed conflict began, have been committed with
complete impunity against the Syrian people,” said José Luis Díaz, Amnesty
International’s UN Representative in New York.
“This must not be allowed
to continue. A referral to the ICC must be made immediately to ensure that
persons from all sides are investigated and – where there is sufficient
admissible evidence – prosecuted for the most serious crimes under international