Will Syria’s war criminals be let off the hook?

For six years, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria has been painstakingly gathering information about possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict.

The investigators have produced 13 reports, the evidence in each is harrowing. Villages destroyed, crops burnt, wells poisoned, torture, rape, starvation sieges, mass bombing of civilians, and what only a decade ago might have been unthinkable – chemical weapons.

There is no doubt that war crimes have been committed by all sides, the commission says. In each report there is a demand for “accountability” – that no-one should be allowed to commit such horrific acts and get away with it.

“This would be incredible, a scandal,” says commission member Carla Del Ponte, who describes the violations in Syria as by far the worst she has ever come across. “But nothing happens, only words, words, and more words.”

  • marty_p

    When was the last time you saw the West prosecute a Mo war criminal?

    • UCSPanther

      Assad and other brutal strongmen are looking more and more like necessary evils for that part of the world.

      A bit like an evil sorcerer who keeps an unstoppable demon contained…

    • Alain

      Are you kidding? Here in Canada we welcome them, apologise to them and give them a jackpot payout.

  • Hard Little Machine
  • Ho Hum

    The article names Assad as a “war criminal”. How is Assad a war criminal? The real war criminals are Obama, Hilary Clinton, the heads of Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Arab States that armed and funded Jihadists in an attempt to over throw Assad.