UN rights chief condemns ‘ shameful’ global response on Syria
GENEVA— Major powers backing warring sides in Syria appear to have become “accomplices” in the bloodshed, the UN rights chief said Friday, blasting as “shameful” the failure to pursue justice for victims in the war- ravaged country.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement that renewed violence in Syria, including strikes on markets and medical facilities, showed a “monstrous disregard for civilians lives by all parties to the conflict”.
But he directed especially tough criticism towards the powerful countries influencing the conflict. “The persistent failure of the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court ( ICC) is an example of the most shameful form of realpolitik,” Zeid said.
“In the minds of many, the world’s great powers have in effect become accomplices to the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of human beings, and the displacement of millions.”— AFP