Syria – Fight against impunity (12 Aug. 2022)
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has received important documentation of possible crimes committed by Syrian regime forces.
These documents, which include a large number of photos and videos, provide evidence of atrocities committed by pro-regime forces during the 2013 Tadamon massacre in Damascus. Several dozen civilians were reportedly killed in the violence.
These documents were collected thanks to the determined efforts of several human rights defenders. We applaud their bravery.
The alleged actions are likely to constitute the most serious international crimes, specifically crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs reported these actions and passed on this information to the National Counterterrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) in accordance with article 40 of the Criminal Code, which deals with the jurisdiction of French courts with regard to crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The fight against impunity is a matter of justice for the victims. It is also an essential prerequisite for building a lasting peace in Syria. After a decade of crimes against the Syrian people, France remains fully mobilized to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
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