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World Court to hear Syria torture claims on 10—11 October

September 28, 2023 at 7:06 pm

The International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands [Dennis Jarvis/Wikipedia]

The World Court will hear, on 10 and 11 October, a request by the Netherlands and Canada that it orders Syria to cease all acts of torture and arbitrary detention, as part of a case alleging the country has breached a UN anti-torture treaty, Reuters reports.

The hearing at the Peace Palace, the Court’s seat in The Hague, will mark the first time an international court has looked at alleged abuses committed in Syria during 12 years of conflict.

Syria’s government and President Bashar Al-Assad have rejected accusations of torture and extrajudicial killings in a war that the United Nations has said claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

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