Security Council Meeting on the “Caesar” report concerning mass torture perpetrated by the Syrian regime (April 15, 2014)
The UN Security Council held an informal meeting on April 15 on the “Caesar” report concerning the mass torture and execution of detainees by the Syrian regime.
This report contains 55,000 photos relating to 11,000 detainees who were tortured and killed between 2011 and 2013 in several detention centers belonging to the Syrian regime. It constitutes a set of documents which confirm, on an unprecedented scale and in a systematic and structured way, the practice of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It comes on top of multiple reports by the International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria established by the UN Human Rights Council.
While Syria has entered its fourth year of conflict, the international community has, more than ever, a duty to fight against the impunity of the perpetrators of these crimes, whoever they are.
These crimes must be referred to the international criminal justice system, so that they do not go unpunished.