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Russia’s Bid to Block UN Financing for Syria Probe Defeated

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Expand People walk past destruction from government airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, January 15, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed In late December, United Nations member countries defeated an attempt by Russia to block funding for investigations into grave abuses in Syria, approving US$17.81 million for a team of investigators responsible for gathering evidence of serious crimes for future prosecutions and ensuring they have the resources necessary to do the work. The UN General Assembly created the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) in…

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