The UN created a staff for preparing the courts for war crimes in Syria


The UN General Assembly decided to organize an independent team that will collect and analyze the evidence of the crimes committed in Syria for the armed conflict, reports Reuters. The structure of the new authority and responsibilities will be determined later.

The authors of the resolution, which should simplify criminal proceedings in national and international courts, was made by Liechtenstein and Qatar. Just for the adoption of the document voted by 105 States and opposed by 15 countries, including Russia, Venezuela, China, Cuba, Iran and Syria, another 52 international delegations from voting refused.

A special UN Commission was unable to establish who is guilty in attack on convoy near Aleppo, which occurred on the night of 20 September 2016. The Commission’s experts stressed that the RAID could make military aircraft Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition.

The human rights organization red cross and red Crescent, said 20 of those killed in the shelling of the civilians, who were unloading trucks with humanitarian aid. Reuters reported 10 dead.

In early November, “Izvestia” citing a source in the UN said that Russia gave to the Security Council developed by the defense Ministry and foreign Ministry “White book” Syria — a document containing information on the crimes in Syria, as well as statistics on the operations of the Russian space forces, pictures from the scene of hostilities in the area of Palmyra, data on humanitarian missions.

In the fall of 2016, when the Syrian army and allies with the help of Russian troops carried out a military operation against opposition fighters in Eastern Aleppo, many Western leaders made statements, describing what is happening as a war crime. In particular, similar statements were made by the French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry. The representative on human rights UN Zeid RA’ad al Hussein in his video address to the Council on human rights in Geneva October 21, called air strikes on Eastern Aleppo, “a crime of historic proportions”.

In turn, Moscow has made accusations against the Syrian opposition and its “patrons”. So, in the death of Russian physicians in the shelling of a hospital in Aleppo, the Russian defense Ministry accused opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. As stated by the official representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov, “blood soldiers” lies in the hands of backers “terrorists from the U.S., Britain, France and other sympathetic countries and entities”. Konashenkov added that they have created and armed opposition “to justify to his conscience and the voters.”

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