The following is an excerpt from David Bosco | April 4, 2017 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
David Bosco is an associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of books on the U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court.
The appalling news of an apparent chemical attack against civilians in Syria’s Idlib province reminds us once again of the elusiveness of justice for the countless victims of the civil war.
The International Criminal Court (ICC), established in 1998 to address just the kind of crimes unfolding there, cannot act because Syria’s regime is not a court member. The United Nations Security Council could give the ICC the reach it needs, but Russia and China have vetoed attempts to do so. The U.N. General Assembly endorsed accountability in Syria but lacks the power to create a functioning international tribunal.
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