Activists to refer Assad regime’s atrocities to the International Criminal Court

A man is overcome with grief in front of a destroyed mosque in Taftanaz where local residents gathered those killed after pro-Assad forces attacked the area. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Wednesday, Amnesty International released a report showing new evidence with respect to war crimes committed by Syrian regime forces.

The report included evidence confirming the use of chlorine gas by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against civilians in the towns of Sermin and Qamenas of the Idlib countryside in northern Syria.

At least six suffocation cases were document alongside dozens of injuries among civilians following a chlorine gas attack by the Syrian air force in Idlib earlier this week. 

In this regard, the director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Amnesty, Philip Luther, was quoted in the report as saying that the organization intends to refer the Syrian file to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, especially after the documentation of new evidence regarding Assad regime’s systematic use of toxic gases against civilians which is categorized as a war crime by the international conventions.

Speaking to ARA News in London, human rights’ activist Haitham Khalaf emphasized the necessity to refer those involved in war crimes in Syria to the ICC.

“Since the international conventions guarantee bringing those involved in war crimes to justice, strict measures should be taken regarding criminals in Syria, especially with the existence of sufficient evidences regarding their crimes against innocent civilians,” Khalaf added.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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