Syrian Victims Seek Justice in European Courts

Syrian Victims Seek Justice in European Courts

The Syrian government has been committing atrocities against its citizens during the ongoing war the last few years, but victims who have made it to Europe are trying to bring their cases to court. Though the International Criminal Court (ICC) can't accept Syrain war crime cases because Syria didn't sign the ICC agreement, these individuals are going to the European domestic courts to launch criminal suits, operating under the idea that war crimes are not confined simply to the place where they occurred. They have chosen to go to countries like Spain or Germany due to their broad laws surrounding genocide and torture. The victims’ lawyers seek international arrest warrants for Syrian war criminals that have gone to European countries seeking asylum. There are still many obstacles to overcome for these victims, but it is a start.

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