China and Russia veto UN resolution to let the ICC investigate the Syrian conflict

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

More than 60 countries supported the French-drafted text calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes being committed by both sides.

Despite repeated appeals by senior United Nations officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable today to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in the war-torn nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), due to vetoes by permanent members Russia and China.

BBC  UN

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