U.N. panel to publish the secret list of alleged war criminals in Syria


Paulo Sergio PinheiroU.N. investigators said Friday they are considering publishing their secret list of alleged war criminals in Syria to press for justice for the thousands of victims.

In a strong indication that they will do just that, the investigators expressed hope that releasing the names would put alleged perpetrators of torture, executions and kidnappings “on notice,” act as a deterrent and help to protect people at risk of abuse.

“It is unconscionable that Syrians should continue to suffer as they have for the last four years and have to live in a world where only limited attempts have been made to return Syria to peace, and to seek justice for the victims,” said Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, who heads the independent commission charged with investigating alleged human rights violations since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011 .

The four-member commission said in a report to the U.N. General Assembly that there has been an “exponential rise in the perpetration of war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations” in Syria. It said civilians continue to suffer while the many perpetrators are shielded from accountability.

Pinheiro told reporters “we are considering the publication of some names” of alleged perpetrators. He said he expects a decision to be made at the next session of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council on March 17.

The commission said it has kept the four lists of names it compiled for possible prosecution confidential because its investigations don’t meet the normal requirements of “due process.” But it said “not to publish names at this juncture of the investigation would be to reinforce the impunity that the commission was mandated to combat.”

The four lists were given to the U.N. human rights chief and are in a safe in Geneva. The commission said a fifth list will be delivered to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein in March.

In December 2013, Zeid’s predecessor, Navi Pillay, said a growing body of evidence pointed to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes. But she was careful to say she hadn’t singled him out as a suspect in Syria’s conflict, in which 220,000 people have been killed according to U.N. estimates and 6.5 million displaced. More than 3 million people have fled the country.

Pinheiro, a Brazilian diplomat and scholar, said last year that commanders of the Islamic State terrorist group were “good candidates” for the list.

He said the list includes people who are “criminally responsible for hostage-taking, torture and executions;” heads of Syrian intelligence branches and detention facilities where detainees are tortured; military commanders who target civilians; airports where bombing attacks are launched; and armed groups and individuals involved in “attacking and forcibly displacing civilians.”

The commission’s new report said “a number of unit commanders and armed group leaders have been listed on the basis of their command responsibility,” including “the so-called ’emirs’ of radical groups.”

To combat extremism, terrorism and human rights violations, the commission said it is essential to bring the perpetrators to justice, tackle root causes and promote social inclusion and peaceful alternatives to violence.

The commission noted last May’s vetoes by Russia and China of a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have referred the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court, reiterating that this remains “a key option.” But it said in light of the vetoes, the council should urgently consider establishing an international tribunal to deal with alleged war crimes in Syria, possibly like those for former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone or Cambodia.

“We are trying to convince, to mobilize the international community to consider … all options on the table for accountability and not to ignore the horrific, the abominable situation of the victims of war,” Pinheiro said Friday.

The report, based on 380 interviews with victims and eyewitnesses during the six-month period ending January 15, details the massive rights violations committed by the government and armed groups. The commission has conducted more than 3,556 interviews since September 2011.

Associated press



30 responses to “U.N. panel to publish the secret list of alleged war criminals in Syria”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    PUBLISH !! Put the usual ‘Alleged’ line in there as the ‘newsies’ do when talking about some sex-crime, or gossip about a hollywood maven, but PUBLISH. It’s the basis of FREE SPEECH.
    Later on, after court cases, you can bury the few ‘Absolved’ notes in the back of the paper. Of Course.
    There might be a couple.

    1. Yep. Same goes for israeli suspects as well! vauge sugesstions that somebody may or may not be sar criminals helps no one!
      You believe there is a case? Publish ,sue and allow thr defending party to state his def if he has any…can’t eat the pie and leave it whole

      1. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar

        the jews shout sudanese go back to sudan; we shout jews go back to europe

        1. only difference – we are here shouting at people..and you are out of location shouting and jumping hoping someone bigger and stronger then you might do you a favor and do the dirty work you’re incapable of doing…coward ๐Ÿ˜‰

          1. cook2half Avatar

            Ignore him

          2. Why? He is my bitch lol

          3. cook2half Avatar


          4. Open your eyes Avatar
            Open your eyes

            Are you Muslim?

          5. cook2half Avatar


          6. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar

            that is bcos i’m peaceful unlike u.. unkess the jews want it to be done in a dirty manner and dont move back to europe voluntarily, there is no dirty work to be done

          7. Thats right..hold on to that feeling of hopelessnes and keep lying to yourself about being peacefull no one else is buying it anyways

          8. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar

            i didnt kill 2200 ppl last summer

          9. You are nothing and will remain one..the only place you can offload this feeling is websites like this one…how is it to feel insignificant?

          10. Reasonableman Avatar

            You gotta realise the strength of soft power like social media and websites like this.
            Wielding hard power does not make something or anything default .

          11. ๐Ÿ™‚
            Yeah but he contributes nothing,at least nothing that requirs thinking

          12. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar

            and u r a babykiller

          13. stay small in your corner little one..grow your kids to hate just as much as you do

          14. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar


          15. Helloo dumbass:)))
            What do you have to say about the news today??? :)))

          16. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar

            that u invaded syria wid ur islamist jihadists

          17. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar


          18. LOL

          19. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar


          20. :)))))
            morning fart face, i see you digested the news already.
            working on your line of defence for the ICC ? LOL
            US/IS: “liers, your honor! they are all liers”.
            judge :” the do seem to present some proofs, do you have proofs to counter it?”.

            lol…later fart face

  2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    What is she pointing at?

  3. Caribbean Avatar

    I’d hope Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar,America, Jordan,& Turkey will make it on the list of alleged war criminals in Syria

    1. Open your eyes Avatar
      Open your eyes

      Yes hind/Caribbean/contessa/daft mare (sufferer of mad cow disease).

    2. Hind, thank you for mentioning the nations who have been trying to vanquish and send those Iranian Daesh back to your Iran!

      You are right, Iran, ASS head, Hiz-bi-Shitan, and Allies are war criminals of Syria and should be tried for their despicable and barbaric crimes against those sorry helpless innocent Syrians!

      They (Iran, ASS head, Hiz-bi-Shitan, and Allies) are a scourge on humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. how about we start with Bashar for his guilt in starting the whole blood bath?

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