US Senators call for ‘hybrid tribunal’ for Syrian war crimes

4/10/2017

US Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill in a bid to investigate war crimes in Syria, including the creation of a “hybrid tribunal” among other measures. The move comes following the US strike on a Syrian airfield.

A group of senators from both parties – Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), and Todd Young (R-Indiana) – introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act on Friday, aimed at investigation of “war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria” and bringing Syrian President Bashar Assad to justice for his “heinous acts.” The authors of the bill are calling on the Secretary of State to assist investigations into the crimes, including setting up “a potential hybrid tribunal” as part of “credible transitional justice efforts.”

The senators defined the term “hybrid tribunal” as “a temporary criminal tribunal that involves a combination of domestic and international lawyers, judges, and other professionals to prosecute individuals suspected of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.”

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