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Several countries unite to hold Iran responsible for the downing of Flight PS752

These four countries rely on the 1971 Montreal Convention, which regulates crimes against civil aviation, to require Iran to submit to Binding Arbitration to Settle the Dispute Related to the Downing of Flight PS752 by Two Surface-to-Air Missiles Fired Unlawfully and Deliberately by Members of the Air Defense Unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corpsstates the announcement sent through a press release.

It must be Iran to be held accountable for its numerous violations of its international legal obligations under several treaties, Coordination team continues.

On January 8, 2020, flight PS752 that was operating from Tehran to Kyiv, An Iranian surface-to-air missile A few minutes after takeoff. There are 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents among the 176 victims.

The relatives of the victims of Iranian flight PS752 deserve justiceCanada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie wrote on Twitter.

This week we took an important step toward that goal, and we will continue to work together to hold Iran accountable for this tragedy.I continued.

The Montreal Convention provides that if the parties do not agree to organize arbitration within the next six months, the dispute may be submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court of the United Nations, which sits in The Hague.

Flowers and candles were placed around pictures of the victims of Flight PS752 during a vigil.

Photo: Radio Canada/Ismail C

Relatives of the Flight PS752 victims began their fight for compensation in 2020. A year ago, An Ontario court awarded them $107 millionBut the lawyers warned that it would be very difficult to get Iran to pay compensation.

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Hamid Ismailon, who lost his wife and daughter in the crash, said he was grateful that the binding arbitration process had begun, though he doubted Iran would cooperate.

It’s a terrible crime they committed. this is [procédure judiciaire internationale] It is important […] To heal the wounds of society. »

Quote from Hamid Ismailoun, spokesman for the Association of Families of Victims of theft

Canada is the country most bereaved by this tragedy, after Iran. Other losses also included a few Swedes, British, Afghans, and Germans, as well as Ukrainian crew members.

Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany have formed the International Coordination and Response Group for Victims of Flight PS752 to hold Iran accountable.

With information from CBC