May 21, 2014

STATEMENT OF JAMES R. SILKENAT, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION RE: Thursday’s scheduled vote at the U.N. Security Council involving Syria

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 –The American Bar Association, as it did in November 2011 and June 2012, again urges the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. A resolution sponsored by France, currently scheduled for a vote on May 22, 2014, would authorize the ICC to investigate allegations of atrocities perpetrated by the Syrian government, pro-government militias and armed opposition groups in the ongoing civil war in Syria. The ABA joins the scores of nations that have co-sponsored the resolution in calling for the Security Council to approve it. A just rule of law demands nothing less.

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