Canada and Netherlands Take Syria to International Court of Justice 

Canada and the Netherlands have taken Syria to the International Court of Justice, accusing Damascus of a years-long campaign of institutionalized torture against its own people. 

The countries have requested the court to impose provisional measures on Syria to halt torture immediately to protect potential victims while their case accusing Damascus of breaching the torture convention proceeds through the International Court of Justice.

The hearing was focused on a preliminary Dutch and Canadian request for the court to issue emergency orders for Syria to cease all acts of torture and cruel treatment and to end arbitrary detentions, among other things. 

However, Syria boycotted the hearing, which was held in the court’s Great Hall of Justice. 

Alan Kessel, the head of Canada’s legal team, told judges that:

“Syria’s decision not to participate in today’s proceedings does not shield it from the court’s directives,”CTV News reports

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