Gaziantep, Turkey – On the occasion of International Justice Day, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, President of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, called for justice for the victims of the conflict in Syria and criticized the United Nations Security Council for its failure to refer widespread atrocities in Syria for investigation by the International Criminal Court.
Speaking during a Google Hangout session arranged by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Ziadeh explained that Syrian civilians have now “completely lost faith in the international system’s ability to bring about justice.”
Following the events that transpired in Rwanda and Bosnia, the international community established institutions, such as the International Criminal Court, and developed international norms, such as the responsibility to protect, to prevent future crimes from occurring without accountability. However, most unfortunately, thus far, the international community has utterly failed to take steps to ensure that perpetrators of heinous crimes in Syria are held to account.
Despite the lack of progress thus far, Dr. Ziadeh urged the international community to support a complementary justice process in Syria. “The ICC can only try five to seven of the worst criminals in Syria…this is why Syrians have to look for other options, such as a hybrid court established by the United Nations.”
“Justice is not only for accountability, it is also a tool for ensuring Syria’s future,” Ziadeh concluded.