New York, April 18, 2018
The United Nations General Assembly created the “International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism” (IIIM) in an unprecedented resolution in 2016 in response to the deadlock at the United Nations Security Council, where Russia has used its veto 12 times since 2011 to block Council action on the Syrian conflict. Moscow’s latest veto came just last week in the wake of a horrific attack in Douma that claimed the lives of dozens to once again prevent the establishment of an attribution mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The International Criminal Court and Myanmar (Burma)
In the early hours of Saturday, 14 April, the United States, United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes against the armed forces of the Syrian government. The United States, United Kingdom and France have stated that their military operations were in response to a 7 April suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces on the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta. That attack killed at least 70 people, including children, with more than 500 people being treated for exposure to toxic chemicals.
*This news release has been updated to reflect two additional signatories, bringing the final number to 47.
Chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma