The international community has failed once again in taking the proper position towards the war crimes and crimes against humanity which are being committed by the Syrian regime and its foreign militias for more than three years in Syria.
This failure came after a Russian-Chinese veto stopped the French initiative presented to the Security Council which granted the International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction to prosecute against those committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria; despite the agreement of the other 13 members in the Security Council.
This came after one hundred human rights organisations issued a statement on 15/5/2014, in which they requested that the Security Council transfer all violations taking place in Syria to the ICC.
In addition, 58 countries signed a statement on 19/5/2014 asking the Security Council to adopt the French initiative and calling upon the rest of the members of the UN for their support.
Despite the importance of the French initiative, it is a very late step from the international community in responding to the unprecedented crimes taking place in Syria. The international community has not taken any real steps towards stopping these crimes, nor have they attempted to implement the decrees they have issued regarding Syria.
The Russian-Chinese position has prevented the international community from investigating the crimes committed in Syria and has disabled the international law regarding Syria, as well as supporting war criminals that have been committing crimes against humanity in an open and organised manner for more than three years.
In addition, this late and embarrassing step from the international community towards the crimes taking place in Syria is a distorted example of the concept of international solidarity, abiding to international law, and the sanctity of human rights, which is being reflected dangerously in Syria and the wider area through the spread of extremism and the receding of moderate movements.
SHRC strongly condemns the Russian-Chinese position which is supportive of the Syrian regime and its committing of war crimes in Syria, and calls upon the active players in the international community to play a more effective and serious role to stop the blood which is being shed in Syria. SHRC also calls upon these governments to stop the international movements which are seeking to guarantee the criminals protection from punishment and seeking a political solution with them, instead of punishing them for their crimes.
Syrian Human Rights Committee