FIDH and SCM Open Letter to the Leadership of the UN International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria

08/02/2017
Open Letter
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In the wake of yet more revelations of the grave violations of international law perpetrated in Syria and in view of the upcoming next round of UN-led peace talks in Geneva, FIDH and its Syrian member organisation, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), publish 6 recommendations for maximising the potential of the new International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for the most serious crimes.

Ensuring accountability and fighting against impunity are both critical to any future solution for Syria. To do this, a clear and specific roadmap for obtaining justice is needed. The creation of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria (Mechanism) by the UN General Assembly is a welcome first step, and FIDH and SCM hope that it will make an effective contribution to combating impunity for grave violations of international law committed during the Syrian conflict. With the appointment of the Head of the Mechanism expected later this month, FIDH and SCM publish 6 recommendations designed to maximise its potential and ensure that its contribution to ongoing and future accountability processes is effective, comprehensive and credible.

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