Syrian National Coalition member Salwa Aksoy has highlighted the significance of the recent hearing session held at the United Nations Supreme Court in the Netherlands, which the Assad regime boycotted. The session primarily focused on the issuance of “temporary measures of protection” for Syria to immediately halt torture, a response to the Assad regime’s violation of the UN Convention against Torture.
In an article published on the Syria TV website, Aksoy emphasized that preventive measures constitute crucial tools in the International Court of Justice’s efforts to address international disputes and uphold global peace and security, aligning with the United Nations’ fundamental objectives.
Aksoy stressed that attempts to categorize the issue of Syrian detainees into legal, humanitarian, and political dimensions weaken the matter significantly. She called for a unified stance among all human rights, humanitarian, and political entities addressing the Syrian crisis, advocating for a comprehensive approach rather than singularly focusing on one avenue while neglecting others.
Furthermore, Aksoy noted that the multifaceted nature of the Syrian detainees’ issue, which encompasses human rights, political, and negotiation aspects, allows for the flexibility required to identify unprecedented solutions. This approach is preferable to adhering to rigid structures that yield minimal results.
Aksoy urged political leaders to explore political and negotiation channels to secure the release of detainees from Assad’s prisons. She emphasized the importance of civil activists supporting any form of action, whether political, negotiation, or even military, aimed at addressing the detainees’ plight.
The Netherlands and Canada have jointly filed a case against the Assad regime with the International Court of Justice, citing a multitude of violations of international law committed by the regime since the onset of the Syrian revolution in 2011.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)