WASHINGTON, Jan.5, 2016 — The American Bar Association urges that any negotiated transition of power in Syria include (or not eliminate), pursuant to international law, the prospect of trials for all those responsible for atrocities committed against Syrian civilians since the peaceable protests of 2011 and during the current civil war there.
As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” If true peace is to be secured in Syria, the atrocity crimes committed there must be resolved according to a just rule of law. The preservation of such a process is essential for obtaining the support of the Syrian people, and to achieving sustainable peace in Syria.
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