As Fatou Bensouda assumes her new position, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague (on 16 June 2012), it is timely to test our ability -- a deafening groundswell of global citizens -- endorsing the arrest of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, including his immediate re-location to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, to be tried for crimes of genocide, murder, rape, torture, and all additional crimes against humanity. It is impossible to envision any individual or entity, including the governments who have supported his bloody regime, to come to al-Assad's defense, or offer him shelter, in a case that also enjoys no statute of limitations. Hosni Mubarak has been convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment, for his murderous crimes as Egypt's dictator. It is overdue that al-Assad must realize his fate, full-on; psychopathic narcissism precludes his recognition of those tea leaves, so a warning of impending arrest likely won't work. Thus, immediate arrest and re-location brings, what sanctions, diplomacy, international observations (and Syria's criminal justice system, "chaired," as it is, by al-Assad), cannot bring -- the seed of a beginning of life and humanity and dignity, restored to the Syrian people, proved to be suffering incalculably, at the hands of a megalomaniacal despot, and his malice aforethought.
We, the undersigned global citizens, recognizing that a new Chief Prosecutor has been seated at the International Criminal Court (June 2012), do hereby implore the Office of the Prosecutor, enunciating our demand that ICC officers immediately arrest, and take into custody at The Hague, the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, for crimes of genocide, murder, rape, torture, and all additional crimes against humanity. We understand that the Syrian criminal justice system is inadequate to the task, given it is chaired by al-Assad; furthermore, these crimes against the Syrian people (and others), are unequivocally crimes against all of humanity, all citizens of the world, to wit, the ICC purview.
We further implore and demand that the five-nation Members of the United Nations National Security Council (UNSC), refer and recommend to the ICC, the immediate arrest of Bashar al-Assad, for crimes noted above.
We further implore the United States, via its President and Secretary of State, and as an ultimately influential Member of the UNSC, to refer and recommend to the ICC, the immediate arrest of Bashar al-Assad, for crimes noted above.
To all Recipient Parties of this petition, we are at your service to continue these demands, and we petition of you, a response.