ICC: Top UN Court to Rule on Syria Torture

Sudan Events – Sumaya Sayed

The UN’s top court will rule Thursday on an alleged Syrian torture program that investigators say killed tens of thousands, in the first international case over the brutal civil war that began in 2011.

Canada and the Netherlands have called on the International Court of Justice to “urgently” order a halt to torture in Syrian jails, arguing that “everyday counts” for those still in detention.

The ruling comes a day after France issued an international arrest warrant for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accused of complicity in crimes against humanity over chemical attacks in 2013.

The court has been asked to issue “provisional measures” to stop torture and arbitrary detention in Syria, open prisons to outside inspectors and provide information to families about the fate of their loved ones.

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