War Crimes Expert Quits U.N. Syria Inquiry Citing Lack of Political Will for Justice

HeadlineAug 09, 2017
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In news on Syria, former top war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte has quit the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, saying the U.N. Security Council lacks the political will to bring the perpetrators of war crimes to justice. Del Ponte formerly served as a war crimes prosecutor in tribunals on Rwanda and Yugoslavia. She said, “Right now it looks as if President Bashar al-Assad will escape justice if we want to negotiate peace. … But one day he will have to face justice. Justice must do its work because without justice there is no real peace.”

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