A senior war crimes prosecutor has announced she is resigning from a United Nations panel on Syria, saying she has lost faith it will ever bring criminals to account and that “everyone is bad” now in the war-torn country.
Carla Del Ponte said she was quitting the three-member commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria after five years because it "does absolutely nothing", adding: "We have had absolutely no success, for five years we've been running up against walls."
Mrs Del Ponte, who has previously sat on tribunals that investigated atrocities in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, has repeatedly decried the UN Security Council's refusal to appoint a similar court for Syria's six-year-old civil war.
"I give up, the states in the Security Council don't want justice," the 70-year-old Swiss national said frankly, continuing: "I can't any longer be part of this commission which simply doesn't do anything."
The commission was set up in August 2011 by the Human Rights Council to investigate crimes in Syria, whoever the perpetrator, it has released about a dozen reports but investigators have never gained access to Syria itself, and in the reports they detail torture, rape, starvation sieges, the mass bombing of civilians and the use of chemical weapons.
Mrs Del Ponte, who put Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in the dock at The Hague, said that as long as the Security Council did not put in place a special tribunal for war crimes in Syria, all such reports were pointless: "Nothing happens, only words, words, and more words," she lamented earlier this year.