Chairman Smith on the hearing: "The Syrian civil war has been the stage for some of the most horrendous crimes against humanity in recent history," said Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), chairman of the House human rights subcommittee. "There is considerable evidence of deliberate attacks on civilians by all sides. Those responsible for the mayhem and deaths of an estimated 100,000 people and counting must know that they will be held to account for their atrocities. This hearing examines the creation of a war crimes tribunal to achieve that end."
Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: "The Syrian conflict has resulted in the deaths of at least 100,000 over the last two years and has forced more than 2.2 million Syrians to flee to neighboring countries. War crimes are being perpetrated by both the Assad regime and extremist elements on a daily basis with both sides committing atrocities that are so appalling that they shock the international community's conscience. With no end in sight to this conflict, it's important to once again shine the spotlight on the humanitarian aspect of this crisis and discuss what steps responsible nations can take to hold accountable those who are guilty of these horrendous actions."