International court calls on Damascus government to put end to torture
The International Court of Justice called on the government of Damascus to take all measures to prevent acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Yesterday, the International Court of Justice called on the Damascus government to put an end to torture and cruel and degrading treatment, in the first case before international justice regarding violations by the Damascus government during the Syrian crisis, which began in 2011.
The Justice Court said that the Damascus government must "take all measures within its power to prevent acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
The court added that the government of Damascus, where tens of thousands were killed during the Syrian crisis according to investigators, must “take effective measures to prevent the destruction of evidence and ensure the preservation of all evidence” related to acts of torture and other forms of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
The complainants, Canada and the Netherlands, called on the court to issue an “urgent” order to stop torture in Damascus government prisons, based on the fact that “every day is important” for detainees.
The International Court of Justice, which is based in The Hague, was unable to deal with Syria issue, because it did not ratify the Rome Statute, that is the founding treaty of the court.
Russia and China blocked a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court in 2014.