Media Statement: Syria


Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

The Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order urges all parties to the Syrian conflict to pause for a moment and give reason and law a chance.  An international investigation into all allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria (and elsewhere) must be conducted.  Only a thorough professional investigation can establish the facts and the responsibilities, which may necessitate referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

A fundamental component of the rule of law is due process, which encompasses conventional and customary rules intended to prevent arbitrariness and consequent miscarriages of justice.  No one is served by rushing to conclusions, least of all the war victims.  What is important is to expedite humanitarian aid to civilians and to obtain a cease fire.  Violating the fundamental rules of penal law, including the presumption of innocence, weakens the credibility and…

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