Kuwaiti lawmakers have urged the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry to lead diplomatic efforts to pass a UN Security Council resolution referring war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court’s General Prosecutor under the UN’s Charter VII.
The Foreign Ministry has to embark on a diplomatic drive to pass a UNSC resolution to refer the genocides and other crimes against humanity in Syria to the ICC’s General Prosecutor, the MPs said in a statement after a special parliamentary session held Tuesday on the deteriorating situation in Syria in general and Aleppo in particular.
The MPs urged the Interior Ministry to facilitate family visa issuance for Syrian expatriates who want to bring their family members to join them in Kuwait.
They also called on the Ministry of Health to cooperate with the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society to increase medical assistance to Syrian refugees in Syria’s neighboring countries.
The disgruntled lawmakers demanded Kuwaiti, Arab and Muslim governments to shoulder their responsibility towards the protection of the helpless people of Syria. They strongly condemned the continued aggression on Syria and the brutal bombardment of Aleppo and its innocent people.
In their speeches at the session, the lawmakers expressed dismay about the strange silence and inaction of regional and international organizations in face of the barbaric assaults, savage crimes and the appalling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
Waleed Tabtabai MP said: “The heroes in the city of Aleppo bravely fought against the Iranian and Russian invaders. Aleppo has not fallen, but the masks of many like ISIS, Hezbollah, Russia and America.”
The Syrian Coalition condemned the war crimes the Iranian militias have committed against civilians in Aleppo, stressing that the international community bears responsibility for these crimes as it failed to prevent them. It stressed that Russia is still not able to control the situation in Syria or sponsor any peace process.
The UN General Assembly on December 23 voted to establish a special team to “collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence” as well as to prepare cases on war crimes and human rights abuses committed in Syria.
The General Assembly adopted a Liechtenstein and Qatar-drafted resolution to establish the independent team that will work in coordination with the UN Syria Commission of Inquiry.
The special team will “prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Agencies)