Reuters have reported that a quasi-prosecutorial body of the UN, which is investigating serious crimes in Syria, has released its first report “confirming that war crimes investigators and activists have amassed an overwhelming volume of testimony, images and videos documenting atrocities committed by all sides during Syria’s war”.

The investigation is being led by former French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel, who was appointed by the UN last summer. The team are said to have prepared case files for various European authorities, with the intention of using the evidence in countries where courts can exercise universal jurisdiction.

Alternatively, the evidence can be retained for any future prosecution by the ICC or a new court focusing on the conflict in Syria.