Today, 4th October, the UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, made proposals to limit veto use for UN Security Council's permanent members in order to prevent severe crimes, according to The Associated Press. Early circumstances in Syria made Zeid to approach with new initiative as attacks over the last 10 days in rebel parts of Aleppo, including airstrikes by Syrian and Russian forces, have been "the most intense" there since Syria's civil war began in 2011.
The author of this initiative includes war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide in the list, which should become reasonable to confine in veto use. Also UN human rights chief urges UN Security Council to enact certain rules allowing new proposals to come into force.
At this moment the list of UN Security Council's permanent members granted to use veto includes: Russia, United States, France, Britain and China.
Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko has already presented his proposal of depriving the Russian Federation of its veto right at the UNSC and claimed that Ukraine support an idea, emphasizing that it is difficult task in light of others permanent members concern, but is not unachievable.
"I won't say this task is unachievable. Perhaps, it may be fulfilled but it's a long process. You see, everyone here at the UN is afraid of the word 'precedent.' That's why it's not about the member states not supporting the idea of depriving Russia of its veto right. It's about them being afraid that this could also relate to them. That is, the other four permanent members of the Security Council, who also have the veto right, will never go for it, of course," Yelchenko said, UNIAN reports.