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AFP
September 19, 2020

Dutch launch case against Syria over ‘horrific’ torture

World

AFP
September 19, 2020

THE HAGUE: The Netherlands on Friday launched a bid to hold Syria responsible under international law for "gross human rights violations", in a case that could end up in the UN’s top court.

The Dutch government said it was invoking the UN Convention against Torture and that Damascus was also guilty of murder and using poison gas on own citizens. "The Assad regime has committed horrific crimes time after time. The evidence is overwhelming. There must be consequences," Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a statement.

The Dutch decided to take action after an attempt to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court -- after years of impunity -- was vetoed in the UN Security Council, Blok said.

"The Assad regime has not hesitated to crack down hard on its own population, using torture and chemical weapons, and bombing hospitals," he added. "The victims of these serious crimes must obtain justice, and we are pursuing that end by calling the perpetrators to account."

The Netherlands said it had informed Damascus via a diplomatic note telling it to stop violations of the UN Convention against Torture and to enter negotiations. If the two countries cannot resolve the dispute it could then go to arbitration, and, "If no agreement can be reached on this issue, the Netherlands will submit the case to an international court."