UN rights chief con­demns ‘ shame­ful’ global re­sponse on Syria

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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