BEIRUT: Syrian government officials chronicling alleged crimes committed during the war in Syria should be “objective and transparent” in their work, the country’s justice minister said.
State news agency SANA reported Monday that the instructions came in a recent circular by Najm al-Ahmad to ministry officials who are staffing committees to document crimes and other violations “that are linked to the current incidents” in the country.
The circular advises them to focus on gathering evidence that can hold up to legal scrutiny.
The minister said a final report would be issued in Arabic, English and French, and vowed that the government would do its utmost to “defend the rights of Syrians and go after any party who has attacked them or shed their blood.”
The report’s scope, SANA said, covers all manner of crimes against humanity, including genocide and crimes targeting women and children.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 11, 2014, on page 8.