Red Cross declaration could set bar for war crimes charges

It may have seemed an insignificant development when the Red Cross characterized the fighting in Syria as a civil war. However, because the Red Cross is the guardian of the Geneva Convention, the declaration could open the door to charges of human rights crimes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports Reuters.

“The qualification means that people who order or commit attacks on civilians including murder, torture and rape, or use disproportionate force against civilian areas, can be charged with war crimes in violation of international humanitarian law.”

Sunday witnessed the heaviest fighting in Damascus, which the diplomat who defected last week placed blame for an earlier assault on Damascus at the feet of the Assad regime.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not welcomed warmly on her visit to Egypt, where she was pelted with tomatoes and shoes.

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