UN rights chief calls for bold action to prevent crimes against humanity

The High Commissioner firmly believes that the time has come for strong leadership and bold actions, and that the UN Security Council in particular should, without any further delay, adopt criteria to restrain members from using the veto when there are serious concerns that war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide may have been committed. This crucial initiative – which has been pioneered by the French Government a while back – would permit the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is a move the High Commissioner has repeatedly requested, and indeed his predecessor, Navy Pillay, also requested.


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