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Qatar calls for UN body to investigate and punish Syria war criminals

A view of the UN General Assembly meeting on Syria in New York, United States on December 9th 2016 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]
A view of the UN General Assembly meeting on Syria in New York, United States on December 9th 2016 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]

Qatar and Liechtenstein put forward a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly to punish all parties that have committed war crimes in Syria.

Al Jazeera reported that the General Assembly will vote on the draft resolution tomorrow. The draft includes the establishment of a neutral and independent international mechanism to hold war criminals accountable in Syria. They have specifically urged the Assad regime to co-operate with the body in its investigation.

Qatar and Liechtenstein have also called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to develop neutral terminology regarding various fighting factions in Syria, to sustain neutrality in documenting war crimes.

This comes after the Arab League condemned the brutal practices of the military operations carried out by the Syrian regime and its allies against the civilian population of Aleppo.
The Arab League Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Syrian regime to work to open safe corridors for humanitarian relief for civilians trapped in Aleppo. It also called on the Assad regime to follow international humanitarian law and stop committing war crimes in its military operations.

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