Senator Ben Cardin Introduces Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act

April 13, 2017

April 18, 2017 – On April 7, 2017, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC)) introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act. U.S. Senators Bob Corker (Chairman of SFRC), Marco Rubio (Chairman of SFRC’s subcommittee on human rights), Jeanne Shaheen (Ranking Member of SFRC’s subcommittee on international development and multilateral institutions), Robert Menendez (Ranking Member of SFRC’s subcommittee on human rights) and Todd Young (Chairman of SFRC’s subcommittee on international development and multilateral institutions) served as the legislation’s original cosponsors. The legislation instructs the U.S. Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Syria as well as authorizes assistance for investigations and transitional justice efforts to hold accountable the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other combatants involved in the conflict for the atrocities committed.

Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, Humanity in Action American Planning Board Member and Senior Fellow, currently serves on the Democratic staff of SFRC, where he focuses on human rights, genocide and other mass atrocities, transitional justice, refugees, food insecurity, and other humanitarian issues. His service is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. Before joining SFRC, Dr. Kaufman was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His latest book is United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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