Germany Has Begun To Try Former Members Of Assad's Security Services For Torture In Syria
In Germany, in the city of Koblenz, a trial has begun against two Syrian citizens who may have committed crimes against humanity at home as members of the Syrian intelligence service. This was reported on Thursday by the British television and radio Corporation BBC.
According to her, the accused left Syria at the height of the civil war and applied for asylum in Germany, where they were arrested in 2019.
It is believed that this is the first trial in which the use of torture by employees of state structures in Syria is being investigated.
Balkis Jarrah, a representative of the non-governmental human rights organization Human Rights Watch, called the trial a "watershed moment."
"Today's proceedings should serve as a reminder that more (action - if) is needed to bring to justice the terrible atrocities committed during the (military - if) conflict," Jarrah said in a statement.
According to a report by UN human rights experts published in 2018, the Syrian government has detained and subjected tens of thousands of people to "severe torture".
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly denied the use of torture.
According to the BBC, German authorities are investigating dozens of former Syrian civil servants, using the principle of universal jurisdiction, which gives any country the right to bring to justice those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
According to the German Association of judges, it also conducts investigations in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, and other countries.