The Prosecution of Assad Has Already Started

In an article in Dutch newspaper Trouw, The Hague Institute senior researcher Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout commented on the possible future prosecution of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

“It’s a documented war,” she said.

“We know which crimes have allegedly been committed. But to prosecute, you have to be able to link the crime to the perpetrator.”

Although it is far from certain that Assad will be held accountable for crimes supposedly committed, activists continue to gather evidence. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), whose Director was interviewed for this newspaper article as well, contributes to these efforts.

Dr. Coster van Voorhout emphasized that it is important that human rights investigators, who seek to contribute to holding perpetrators to account, know how to document crimes up to basic standards of forensics and international criminal law. Only then can evidence eventually be used in a court of law.

Read the full article, in Dutch, here.

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