Belgium law firm brings Turkey's use of chemical weapons to the UN
Van Steenbrugge Advocaten Law Firm in Belgium brought Turkey's use of chemical weapons to the UN. The lawyers demanded the establishment of an investigation commission.
According to an article published by the Mezopotamya Agency by Meltem Oktay, Van Steenbrugge Advocaten Law Firm in Belgium, which has prepared a case against Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan within the scope of "torture" and "crimes against humanity", according to the International Criminal Court and the Magnitsky law, as well as for the use of chemical weapons made their move.
Professor of Ghent University and former President of Belgium, who is the head of the law office, Dr. Johan Vande Lanotte and lawyer Johan Heymans from the Law Firm applied to the UN Secretariat General on behalf of the Coalition Against the Use of Chemical Weapons in Kurdistan, based on images and reports on the use of chemical weapons. The letter was sent to the UN Secretary General via fax on 7 November.
In their application, lawyers Johan Vande Lanotte and Johan Heymans, stated that the Coalition Against the Use of Chemical Weapons in Kurdistan violated the provisions of Turkey's Chemical Weapons Convention and demanded an investigation to find out whether the Turkish state used chemical weapons in Northern Iraq.
Investigation important to clarify claims
The application also stated that “an investigation commission will be extremely important and urgent to clarify the allegations made by the Kurdish population living in that region, but which have not been the subject of an independent investigation so far.”
A reference was made to the report by the International Doctors for Prevention of Nuclear War, (IPPNW) which caused the concerns of the Coalition Against the Use of Chemical Weapons in Kurdistan. In addition, it was emphasized that the IPPNW is an independent and reliable international medical group that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.