UN War Crimes Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte Resigns

Carla del Ponte, procuror for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, giving a talk at the University of Lausanne Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons
Carla del Ponte, procuror for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, giving a talk at the University of Lausanne Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

Carla Del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, announced her resignation from UN’s independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

She denounced the inaction of the UN security council members to hold criminals accountable. Syria has been suffering worst humanitarian crisis of the modern history where, according to Ponte, “everyone is bad.”

Swiss magazine Blick published her comments on Sunday where she expressed his despair. Del Ponte criticized all parties involved including the Bashar al-Assad and the opposition groups in the ongoing Syrian civil war. She also denounced the international community for inaction.

Del Ponte became famous after serving as the prosecutor for the international tribunal for war crimes in Rwanda and Yugoslavia. The tribunals investigated the atrocities in Rwanda and Yugoslavia.

Referring to her recent tenure with the UN, Del Ponte said, “we have had absolutely no success.. for five years we’ve been running up against walls.”

In Syria, “everyone is bad now” – Del Ponte

Del Ponte said that she could take part in the last meeting in September. She said,  “I give up. The states in the Security Council don’t want justice.. I can’t any longer be part of this commission which simply doesn’t do anything.”

She added, “I’ve written my letter of resignation already and will post it in the coming days.”

Del Ponte believes that Syria has no future in her comments to the Swiss magazine Blick.

“Believe me, the terrible crimes committed in Syria I neither saw in Rwanda nor ex-Yugoslavia,” she said. “We thought the international community had learned from Rwanda. But no, it learned nothing.”

According to the former prosecutor Del Ponte, the opposition members of Syria were good in the beginning of the crisis. But with the ever escalating ferocity in Syria, now “everyone is bad.”

She said “the opposition (members) were the good ones; the government were the bad ones.”

Del Ponte evaluated the six years of deaths and violence in Syria, “In Syria, everyone is bad. The Assad government is committing terrible crimes against humanity and using chemical weapons. And the opposition ….. is made up only of extremists and terrorists….”


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