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Chemical weapons Human Rights Investigations Syria

How to Weigh a Mountain of Evidence: Guest Blog by Professor Paul McKeigue (Part 1)

The first of two articles explaining how assess different theories and applying these principles to the Ghouta and Khan Sheikhoun cases. These articles were written by Professor Paul McKeigue and have been reproduced with permission of Professor Tim Hayward who first published them on his blog.

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Chemical weapons Human rights Syria

Without any in situ inspection, OPCW confirms Sarin exposure during the events that took place in Idlib (Syria), last April 4th

On April 19, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that “the analysis indicate that the victims were exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance” during the events occurred in Idlib, Syria, last April 4th (see full text of the press release issued a the end of this note).

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Chemical weapons Syria United Nations

Chemical weapons in Syria and the UN Security Council: No resolution adopted

On April 12, Security Council met again to discuss the issue of chemical substances that caused the death of 87 persons last April 4 in Syria. A first urgent session took place on April 5 on the very same topic (see S/PV.7915).

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Chemical weapons Human rights Syria

The alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack

The alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun led rapidly and directly to the attack by the US on a Syrian airbase, shared with the Russians, so it is important to look at the evidence in order to discover the truth of what happened.

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Humanitarian Intervention War on Terror

Against the abusive invocation of self-defence against terrorism

by Nicolas Boeglin Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) A collective open letter signed by a great number of professors of international law and researchers entitled « A plea against the abusive invocation of self-defence as a response to terrorism » has been circulating on the web for the last few weeks.

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Human rights Human Rights Watch Syria

New Human Rights Watch Report and the Caesar photos

A comparison of the just-published Human Rights Watch Report on the cache of “Caesar” photos with the report prepared in January 2014 on behalf of Carter-Ruck indicates some remarkable discrepancies and raise some serious questions about the whole process of analysis of this cache of photographs.

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Human rights

Arguments based on UN resolution 2249 in Prime Minister´s report on airstrikes in Syria: some clarifications needed

Guest post by Nicolas Boeglin,  Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, University of Costa Rica (UCR) A few days ago, Prime Minister David Cameron appealed to Parliament Members to vote in favour of Royal Air Forces (RAF) air strikes against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, in order to “keep the British people safe” from the […]

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Syria

RAF air strikes on Syria

Despite being illegal according to legal scholars,air strikes have begun against targets in Syria, with the support of Labour MPs acting against a resolution of their own party conference. On this page we’ll keep a log of the unlawful RAF airstrikes on Syria.

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Syria

Labour Party Conference Resolution on Bombing of Syria

Not actually that easy to find, below is the full text of the Labour Party Conference 2015 resolution regarding the extension of bombing from Iraq to Syria.

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Syria War on Terror

Is Cameron’s intervention in Syria legal?

British Prime Minister David Cameron is attempting to persuade the UK parliament to support an extension of UK air strikes, ostensibly aimed at “degrading” ISIS, from Iraq to Syria. However, his argument that the action would have a clear legal basis is, despite the progressive undermining of international law by UK and US governments, denied […]