Three non-governmental organizations in France filed a criminal complaint against the Assad regime on the grounds that they committed “war crimes” and crimes against humanity in the chemical attacks they carried out in Eastern Ghouta in 2013.
A joint statement was made by the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), and non-governmental organizations named “Syrian Archive”.
In the statement, it was stated that a large number of evidence, documents, photos and images regarding the chemical attacks in the Eastern Ghouta region in August 2013 were collected.
In addition, it was announced that a criminal complaint was filed with the Paris Judicial Court yesterday on the grounds that the Bashar Assad regime committed “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.
“The Syrian regime is not transparent about the production and use of chemical weapons”
In the statement, Syrian Archive Director Hadi al-Khatib stated that the Syrian regime is not transparent about the production and use of chemical weapons and that the regime should be held responsible for these attacks.
SCM Director Mazen Darwish stated that countries should establish a special international court for the trial of the Assad regime.
3 NGOs also filed a criminal complaint in Germany
The NGOs in question also filed a criminal complaint with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe, Germany, in October 2020, on the grounds that the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons.
Over 1400 civilians died in the chemical attacks carried out by the Assad regime in the Eastern Ghouta region on 21 August 2013.
Following these attacks, Eastern Ghouta became the region where the Assad regime imposed the most stringent blockade and used almost all weapons in 2018.
In the report of the Syrian Human Rights Network, it was stated that the Assad regime attacked the settlements under the control of the opposition with chemical weapons 217 times after the start of the civil war in Syria.
In the report, which stated that the regime continued to attack with chemical weapons after the Eastern Ghouta massacre, it was stated that the regime forces targeted civilians 184 more times after the attack.