UN: War crimes being committed in Syria’s Ghouta must be prosecuted

Syrians pack their belongings as they flee their home in the town of Utaya in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 1, 2018. (AFP)

Air strikes on the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta and shelling from the militia-held zone into Damascus most likely constitute war crimes and must be prosecuted, the top UN human rights official said on Friday.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the perpetrators in Syria should know they were being identified and that dossiers were being built with a view to future criminal prosecutions.

"Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court. Attempts to thwart justice, and shield these criminals, are disgraceful," Zeid told the Geneva rights forum which is holding an urgent debate on eastern Ghouta at Britain’s request.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52