Qatar has reaffirmed that ensuring accountability and criminal justice along with holding accountable all those responsible for violations and crimes in Syria will contribute to putting an end to these crimes and violations. During a side event held in Geneva on Thursday on the next steps to activate accountability mechanism in Syria, Representative of Qatar to the UN in Vienna Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al-Mansouri said: “It has become clear to…
The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) urged the Afghan government to refer the issue of Afghan militias fighting alongside the Assad regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC) “in light of the fact that militias have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in direct contravention to the Rome Statute of the ICC.” In a letter addressed to the Afghan president, the UK-based Organization pointed out that Afghanistan ratified…
Matthew Rycroft, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and current President of the Security Council, said that his country will continue to work with the rest of the members of the Council to ensure that the Assad regime is held accountable for its crimes and the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday,…
Russia and China on Tuesday yielded their veto power to protect the Assad regime from UN Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions on the regime over its use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians. The Sino-Russian double veto has drawn widespread condemnation by UN Security Council member states and rights groups. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russia bore a "heavy responsibility towards…
The UN Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Assad regime and to blacklist Assad regime military commanders over use of toxic gas in attacks on rebel-held areas. The draft resolution, backed by the United States, France, Britain and others also proposes targeted sanctions - a travel ban and asset freeze - on 11 Assad…
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