Syria's Khoja welcomes prosecution efforts relating to chemical attacks
He states that it is an international responsibility of the United Nations (UN) and the international community to protect the civilians of Syria against attacks from the Bashar al-Assad regime. He states that 120 chlorine attacks have occurred against Syrian citizens following the Eastern Ghouta chemical attack that took place on Aug. 21 in 2013.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2235, which allows the establishment of a Joint Investigative Mechanism to determine the responsible parties of chemical attacks and the use of chemical weapons.
Khoja states that a previous version of the resolution did not address those within the Syrian government with the capability to order the attacks.
“The UNSC was obliged under resolution 2118 to impose tougher measures against the Syrian regime under Chapter VII of UN Charter as the continuous use of chemical weapons on a smaller scale pose credible concerns that the conditions outlined in the resolution were not fully met,” Khoja said.
The NCSROF reports that that approximately 1,400 people were killed after a sarin attack on the area.