Coronavirus Outbreak

Four Countries Give Tehran Deadline to Engage on Flight 752

December 17, 2021
IranWire
2 min read
Four Countries Give Tehran Deadline to Engage on Flight 752

The Iranian government has been given a tight deadline to engage in discussions on reparations for the families of those killed in the downing of Flight 752 – or potentially face legal action.

The four countries making up the International Coordination and Response Group, Canada, Sweden, the UK and Ukraine, issued a joint statement on Thursday, December 16 asking Tehran to confirm its willingness to engage by January 5, 2022.

Issued in the aftermath of a meeting between the member states on the regime’s refusal to address the group in a “constructive and timely manner”, part of the statement read: “It has been nearly two years since the downing of Flight PS752, and yet the Islamic Republic of Iran has shown no interest in adhering to its international legal obligations. The Coordination Group’s patience is wearing thin.”

If no reply is received by January 5, the group said, it would “assume that further attempts to negotiate reparations with Iran are futile” and have to “seriously consider other actions within the framework of international law”.

As per the Chicago Convention, if civil aviation-related disputes are not resolved between the parties, states can take a claim to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO decisions can in turn be appealed at the International Court of Justice.

Some of the victims’ families have already brought their case against Tehran before a judge. In May this year, the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario ruled that the downing of Flight 752 by the Revolutionary Guards on January 8, 2020 had been a deliberate act of terror and awarded full indemnity costs.

The statement from the group on Thursday concluded: “The Group stands in solidarity with the victims’ loved ones and remains united in its objective to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for the acts and omissions by civilian and military officials that led to the deaths of 176 innocent people.”

Related coverage:

Ebrahim Mehranfar: Who is the Judge Overseeing Iran's Flight 752 'Show Trial'?

Iran's Judiciary Exonerates Top Officials For Flight 752

Families' Triumph as Canadian Court Rules Flight 752 Downing Was an Act of Terror

UN Letter Reveals Catalogue of Violations in Iran's Handling of Flight 752 Disaster

Zarif Says Truth of Downed Ukrainian Plane May 'Never be Revealed' in Leaked Audio File

Military Prosecutor Concludes "Forgetfulness" Caused the Downing of Ukrainian Passenger Plane

Of Sorrow and Anger: The Families of Ukrainian Flight Victims Speak Out

Families of PS752 Victims Lay Flowers "Where our Children Took Their Last Steps"

19 Illegal Acts and Mistakes Committed by the Regime Since Shooting Down PS752

comments

Coronavirus Outbreak

Yalda Markets and Parties in the Crosshairs Amid Omicron Fears in Iran

December 17, 2021
IranWire
2 min read
Yalda Markets and Parties in the Crosshairs Amid Omicron Fears in Iran