U.S. Rep. Lipinski Urges Formation of Syrian War Crimes Tribunal
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that he is cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution calling on the President to ask the United Nations to establish a war crimes tribunal to hold all sides accountable for atrocities committed in Syria. This is in response to reports of not only chemical weapons use by the Assad regime, but also torture, rape, and summary executions committed by both government and rebel forces fighting in the country’s civil war. In signing on as a cosponsor, Rep. Lipinski did not rule out future United States intervention if diplomatic efforts are not successful in Syria.
“We have all been shocked and horrified by the images of the violence taking place in Syria. The fact that children have been subjected to some of the worst of this violence cannot and should not be tolerated,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Clearly, all perpetrators must be held accountable for the atrocities that have happened and could potentially continue to take place. I believe a war crimes tribunal, with the full weight of the international community behind it, needs to be formed to not only bring the guilty to justice, but also deter future atrocities in Syria and elsewhere.”
The “Immediate Establishment of Syrian War Crimes Tribunal Resolution” urges President Obama to use the voice and vote of the United States at the United Nations to promote the establishment of a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal. The tribunal would investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of mass atrocities, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, regardless of whether they are members of the Syrian government or opposition factions in Syria such as the al-Nusra Front, which is accused of attacks on Christians and others.
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) is the chief sponsor of the resolution. A copy is attached.
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