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China, Russia veto UN attempt to refer Syria to ICC

A picture released by the Local coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) on April 6, 2012, purportedly shows people standing around a mass grave in the town of Taftnazaround a mass grave in the town of TaftnazUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) – China and Russia vetoed Thursday a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed by both sides in the three-year civil war. Western powers pressed for the resolution in the face of mounting atrocities in Syria, including chemical attacks, systematic torture, barrel bombings and blocked aid access. It was the fourth time China and Russia have blocked Western resolutions on the conflict, paralyzing Security Council efforts to end a war estimated to have killed more than 160,000 people.

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