Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to international criminal court
The 65 countries condemned “widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed in a pervasive climate of impunity by the Syrian authorities and pro-government militias as well as by non-state armed groups”.
Russia has been one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s main allies and has used its veto power four times at the 15-nation Security Council to prevent international sanctions on Syria.
“This was an opportunity for the world to stand up for justice for the Syrian people. Russia and China’s actions in preventing this are indefensible.”
The killers, destroyers and the torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis…
The list of alleged crimes committed by Syrian forces “include murder, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence” were applied equally to adults and children in places of detention.
Children in government custody have reportedly been beaten with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons, and suffered electric shock, mock executions, cigarette burns, sleep deprivation and solitary confinement, and sexual violence, including rape and threats of rape.
Children are abused by Assad soldiers and recruited for combat and support roles, as well as for conducting military operations by rebels.
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