Today at the United Nations(UN) Security Council(SC), a vote will be called referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes, thus creating a path to justice on behalf of the Syrian people and children. More than 50 UN members have taken the unusual stance of signing onto the resolution as co-sponsors. These nations have taken the position to send a firm warning that "impunity for the most serious crimes under international law is unacceptable."
But, as they have done in the past, will Russia and China join forces in vetoing the resolution? On three occasions before the SC, China has joined Russia in derailing resolutions meant to criticize the Syrian government and to bring to an end the bloody Syrian that has now killed 160,000 and has dislodged 3.5 million people from their homes. Thousands of children have died so far in the conflict including over 400 in a chemical gas attack last year. France has detailed information accusing the Assad regime of using chlorine gas on 14 occasions since last year. Canisters of chlorine bearing the markings of a major Chinese manufacturer have been discovered in Syria.
Today's resolution vote before the UN, according to the AP, condemns "widespread violation" of human rights and international law by Syrian authorities and pro government militias as well as abuses and violations by non-state armed groups during the last three years. The resolution seeks to refer the conflict to the International Criminal Court.
Will Russia and China live up to their international obligations and vote in support of the resolution? Or will the two partners also veto this fourth attempt to bring the Syrian war episode to an end?