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The American Bar Association calls for an end to the gross violations of human rights in Syria and urges the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court for investigation.
Since March 2011, peaceful demonstrators in Syria have been victims of a brutal backlash from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that in the past eight months more than 3,500 people — including scores of children — have been detained, tortured, and/or killed by Syria’s security forces.
The Security Council recently invoked its ICC referral power with respect to similar atrocities committed in Sudan and Libya. To do so in this case would be consistent with the Security Council’s impartial application of international law.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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(Media Contact: Anne Nicholas, Anne.Nicholas@americanbar.org, 202-662-1097)
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