Establish a Syrian War Crimes TribunalEssential Next Step
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) joined House Republican Leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Conference Chairwoman Kathy McMorris Rodgers, at press conference today on two bipartisan House resolutions passed last night, including Smith's own HConRes. 121 calling for a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal at the U.N. and another about the ongoing genocide of Christians and other minority groups in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS.
The U.N. Security Council should move immediately to establish a Syrian war crimes tribunal and H Con Res 121 calls upon the Administration to pursue this policy goal including using our voice and vote at the UN.
Past ad hoc/regional war crimes tribunals—including courts for Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia—have made a significant difference holding some of the worst mass murders to account with successful prosecutions followed by long jail sentences.
Who can forget the picture of the infamous former President of Liberia—Charles Taylor—with his headed bowed incredulous that the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2012 meted out a 50-year jail term for his crimes against humanity and war crimes.