Time for Justice

Syria May Go to War Crimes Court

More than 50 countries signed a letter Friday urging the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court. Doing so would make it possible to eventually prosecute Syria for war crimes. The letter was signed by the Swiss ambassador to the U.N. on behalf of the gaggle of nations, which included Britain and France—two of the five permanent members of the Security Council (the U.S., China, and Russia did not sign). The U.N. should at least place an ultimatum that it will take action unless “a credible, fair and independent accountability process is being established in a timely manner” by Syria, the letter said.