Syrian leaders "committed crimes against humanity": Botswana

Mompati Merafhe

Syrian leaders should be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face crimes against humanity for using violence against protesting civilians.

That's what Botswana's Vice President Mompati Merafhe told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

He criticized the Security Council for what he said was a 'delay and procrastination' in responding to the situation in Syria.

"The Council's condemnation of human rights violations and the military assault on civilians by Syria came rather too late. It failed to convey a clear and unequivocal message of revulsion on the Syrian authorities and to urge them to respect international humanitarian law and human rights. Crimes against humanity have been committed in Syria and the leadership in that country should answer through the ICC."

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