Iran calls for lawsuit against Iraqi regime's chemical weapon attacks

Iranian lawmakers have encouraged the Iranian Foreign Ministry to file a lawsuit against the former Iraqi regime and its supporters for chemical weapons attacks during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.

More than 100 people were killed in the chemical weapons attacks themselves, while many survivors who were exposed to chemical weapons have suffered from serious health problems such as severe respiratory conditions and skin disorders since the attacks, Press TV reports.

“During the eight year sacred defense (Iran-Iraq war), more than 240 chemical attacks were carried out on certain parts of the country, including 30 residential areas, leaving tens of thousands martyred or injured,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, according to Press TV.

The city of Sardasht was the major target of the Iraq chemical bombardments during the eight year war. The lawmakers said that the city was the first in the world where civilians were attacked by chemical weapons. They said that the attacks were in breach of the 1925 Geneva Protocol.

The Iranian lawmakers and the Society of Chemical Weapons Victims Support lodged a complaint three years ago with an Iraqi court to investigate the crimes of the former regime. The case was suspended because the plaintiffs were non-Iraqis and an investigation would only begin when the Iranian Foreign Ministry files a lawsuit.

“Therefore, we call upon you to pursue [the issue] through international that the rights of chemical weapons victims are restored,” the lawyers wrote, according to Press TV.