Wednesday, the UN General Assembly voted to establish an independent mechanism to “collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence” during the conflict in Syria. The goal is to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals.
The document drafted by Lichtenstein and Qatar was supported by 105 states including western countries. 15, including Syria, Russia, Iran and China, voted against.
Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the General Assembly that “the establishment of such a mechanism is a flagrant interference in the internal affairs of a UN member state.”
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