Fifty-seven countries on Monday urged the UN Security Council to ask the International Criminal Court at The Hague to investigate possible war crimes in Syria. The call comes as other groups report a spike in sexual violence in Syria.
With international frustration growing over the big powers’ inability to take any action on Syria, some countries are urging the United Nations Security Council to refer Syria’s mounting humanitarian and human-rights disaster to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The demand for international judicial action came Monday in a letter authored by Switzerland and signed by 56 other countries. The call coincided with fresh alarms from international rights organizations concerning what one called the “staggering” humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Syria.
One organization issued a report finding a rise in the use of sexual violence in the nearly two-year-old civil war, with growing numbers of women and girls fleeing the fighting claiming to be the victims of gang rapes – sometimes committed in front of other family members.
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