Many have lamented that because the ICC does not have jurisdiction over Syria, there is little the Hague-based court can do to hold to account those responsible for the slaughter of 150,000 people, sexual abuse, purposive starvation, and other ongoing horrors. According to the U.N., many of these human rights abuses very likely constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Proposals such as France’s to have the U.N. Security Council refer the situation in Syria to the ICC are likely to fail because Russia supports Bashar al-Assad and can veto any such referral.

By Erica Chenoweth

Source: Washington Post

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