On The Tension Between Humanitarian Law And International Law:The Case Of Syria War

The joint Russian-US deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical stockpile in order to avoid a US military strike on Syria and its concomitant drift and shift of focus coupled with the statement made by Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and the Peoples Will Party leader Qadri Jamil on September 20th denying the reports that Bashir al –Assad led government would propose a cease-fire at planned peace talks in Geneva unveil the underlying complications to end the war in Syria.

 However, the US secretary of state John Kerry has also called on the United Nations Security Council to act concertedly and quickly to ensure the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in a press briefing in Washington on 20th September. In any case, it has been acknowledged by Damascus that chemical weapons were used but the yet to be answered question is who used chemical weapons? The Bashir a-Assad led government or the rebel.

Be that as it may, Bashir al-Assad   denies the use of chemical weapons by his forces and accuses the opposition; Moscow is also pointing accusing fingers at the opposition. At the moment, tension of international moral outrage has subsided, impasse looks as the prevailing scenario in Syria as earlier identified by Seth Kaplan, rebels tend to disunite the more, over hundred thousand of people mostly civilians have been killed and killings continue unabated; over two million people have fled for refuge and hundreds of thousands are still fleeing Syria; refugee camps are increasingly becoming overstretched .The question is, what does this situations portend for the success and the future of International Humanitarian Law with respect to Article2 Paras. 1 and 7 of the United Nations Charter? Could International Law and International Humanitarian Law be applied side by side in Syria and even beyond Syria without one undermining the other to the peril of Humanity taking cognizance of the former as traditionally clinging on to Sovereignty and finding fortress in the conspicuous inherent draw backs of International Law and the latter embracing the Responsibility to Protect as find expression in International Humanitarian Law?

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