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International Responses to Syrian Conflict, Military Intervention, and Chemical Weapons: U.N. Response

The resources gathered here are focused on the current Syrian conflict and the international responses to military intervention.

Response to Human Rights Violations


United Nations Human Rights Council established an independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Repbulic in September 2011 to investigate the alleged human rights violations.  While the weapons inspectors may confirm the use of a chemical weapon, it is up to the Commission of Inquiry to try to find out who was responsible and bring them to justice. They have produced several reports and concluded that the Syrian government and anti-government groups have committed crimes agains humanity and war crimes using conventional weapons.  

Response to Alleged Chemical Attacks

In early Decemger 2012, the OPCW Director-General began communication with Syrian Foreign Minister urging the government to accede tot he Chemeical Weapons Convention. The OPCW has collected in one place all of their relevant documents and content related to Syria.  Established by the Secretary-General on March 21, 2013, the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria began investigating the specifics of an incident on March 19, 2013 involving an alleged use of chemical weapons in the Kafr Da‘il region (Aleppo governorate) of Syria. On October 16th, 2013, the OPCW-UN Joint Mission to Syria was formally established. Documents from these three entities are listed here in reverse chronological order. 

Response by Ban Ki-Moon on Use of Sarin Gas

Statement on conclusions regarding sarin gas used in Syria.

Interview with UN Deputy Mission Leader/OPCW Team Leader Scott Cairns

September 15, 2013

UNHCHR Navi Pillay

12/02/2013. Navi Pillay, the UN High Cmmissioner for Human rRghts, says the inquiry has found 'massive evidence' that the Syrian head of state, president Bashar al-Assad, is implicated in war crimes. The report is the first time the UN body has accused Assad directly.

Response by the Security Council


Response by the General Assembly


Response by the Human Rights Council


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