Syrian Conference Approaches: Reports of War Crimes Released

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The United Nation’s Syrian conference — set for Wednesday — dealt with a major diplomatic bump in the road as the UN first made and then rescinded an invitation for Iran to join the peace talks in Switzerland. The talks, slated to discuss an end to the Syrian civil war and its almost three full years of violence, come in the wake of two reports outlining the cruelties and human rights violations in Syria.

The first, the Human Rights Watch’s World Report, claims that the “slaughter of civilians” in Syria has “continued with only a weak international response.” The second is a legal report ascertaining the credibility of photographic evidence put forth by a Syrian defector — which reveals torture and death of individuals at the hands of the Syrian regime.

Iran’s historical position as a major Syrian ally made its attendance at the peace conference a hoped for accomplishment — but one that teetered on Iran’s ability to abide by the plan outlined in the Geneva Communique of 2012. The UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, was forced to remove his invitation to Iran after the nations public statements did not line up with the assurances it had made in private — according to the UN News Centre.

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