Sarkozy calls al-Assad a “Murderer,” should face ICC

French President Nicholas Sarkozy called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “murderer” and said he should be sent to the ICC, according to The Washington Post.

This statement comes at a time when the ICC issued its first verdict (guilty) against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga for using child soldiers.

However, France and other U.N. Security Council members seem to be at a loss of what to do because China and Russia continually block the councils request to the ICC. In order for the ICC to open an investigation in Syria, the U.N. Security Council needs to make a request since Syria did not adopt the Rome Statute, which gives the ICC jurisdiction to open investigations into war crimes against individuals in a country.

In order for the request to be referred, nine of the 15 members need to vote in favor of it. Five of those nine votes must come from the council’s permanent members- China, France, U.K., U.S., and Russia. Efforts so far have been thwarted by Russia and China, who have vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions. And while China says that the violence in Syria must end, Russia is an unfaltering ally for Syria as it continues sending weapons to al-Assad’s regime.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Sarkozy calls al-Assad a “Murderer,” should face ICC

  1. Pingback: ‘Not a country’: ICC blocks Palestine war crimes probe « This Day – One Day

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