Trying Assad for War Crimes

Will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ever be held accountable for war crimes? The Hague Institute’s Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout was quoted in de Volkskrant saying this is an unlikely scenario.

“A proposal [to the UN Security Council to refer Assad to the ICC] ran into vetoes from Russia and China, and there is no reason to think it would be successful next time.”

Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout

Efforts to establish a special tribunal also failed, she added, but exile could be an option. “Russia has not yet shown it wouldn’t protect Assad.” Amnesty, as was granted to FARC in Colombia, is not one of the scenarios Dr. Coster van Voorhout would predict. “I cannot imagine a settlement in which the rebels would agree with amnesty for Assad.”

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