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Civil War in Syria. Canada and the Netherlands have filed a complaint with the ICJ

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Canada and the Netherlands have filed complaints against Syria with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. These countries have accused the government in Damascus of “countless violations of international law” against their own population, the ICJ announced on Monday. This is the first case before the UN’s highest tribunal since the start of the Syrian civil war.

MTS wrote in a communiqué that Netherlands and Canada accuse Syria for a violation of the Convention UNprohibiting “torture and other cruel treatment or punishment”, including “the use of chemical weapons”.

Both countries asked the Court to order Damascus to take emergency measures, in particular the release of “arbitrarily held” prisoners, and to allow international observers access to detention centers.

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“Accountability and the fight against impunity are important elements in achieving a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra.

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– Syrian citizens were tortured, murdered, disappeared, were attacked with poison gas or forced to flee, leaving everything they had to save their lives. Bringing this case to the ICJ is another important step on the long road to the goal, added the head of Dutch diplomacy.

Violations “also include the use of chemical weapons

According to the Netherlands and Canada Syria “has committed countless violations of international law, beginning as far back as 2011 with the brutal crackdown on civil protests.”

The war in Syria has been raging since 2011 Twitter/@UNHCRTurkey

Violations, the complaint said, “also include the use of chemical weapons, a particularly despicable practice that has been used to intimidate and punish civilians and has caused a large number of deaths and injuries, as well as severe physical and mental suffering.”

Syria has repeatedly denied the use of chemical weapons, although the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has stated that the Syrian army has used them on several occasions against its own citizens.

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