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Key new evidence reveals fundamental error in Human Rights Watch, media & government statements over Syria chemical attacks.

Key evidence about the range of the rockets allegedly used by the Syrian regime in the chemical attacks on 21st August in East Ghouta, which was first published by Human Rights Investigations (HRI) yesterday, indicates that widespread statements made by Human Rights Watch (HRW), government officials and the mass media about the attacks are erroneous.

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Capital Punishment Human rights Syria

More evidence Ghouta chemical weapons rockets could have been fired from rebel areas

A new video uploaded to YouTube provides good evidence of the range of the kind of rockets allegedly fired into East Ghouta on 21 August – under 2km and possibly too short a distance to have been fired from government territory.

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Chemical weapons Syria

Final Sellström Report to be delivered to UN on December 13th

According to the Swedish Government web site, the long delayed final report of the UN team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is due to be presented to the UN on 13th December.

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Child soldiers Human rights Syria War crimes

Cameron and Obama’s Syrian opposition aid recipients use children to fire mortars

Human Rights Investigations (HRI) analysis shows that opposition forces in Syria, including those supported by Western powers and Qatar are openly using young children in combat roles, including as mortar crews.

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Chemical weapons Human Rights Investigations Syria

Who attacked Ghouta with chemical weapons? – the opposition forces

In the aftermath of the chemical attack in Syria on August 21st, each side naturally blamed the other, with western intelligence agencies providing evidence supporting the opposition, and Russian intelligence supporting the regime. Both sides issued biased reports with cherry-picked evidence, only adding to the confusion. A sadly rushed and deficient interim UN Report by […]

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Chemical weapons Syria

UN report on chemical weapon use in Syria – delayed until early December

In a surprise announcement, following this writer’s prompting of a question from the invaluable Inner City Press, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has confirmed that the publication of the final UN report on chemical weapons use in Syria, which was to include the alleged attacks in Damascus as well as possible attacks by the […]

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Chemical weapons Human rights Syria

The UN Chemical Weapons Report on Syria – Moadamiyah

As the majority of the world’s media have misinterpreted the UN inspectors report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Ghouta, it is necessary to look closely at what the report actually says, to ensure the report is interpreted correctly and dispel the widespread perception the trajectories calculated by the inspectors indicate the rockets […]

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Chemical weapons Syria

Angela Kane on Syria chemical attack victims and autopsies

Talking on Russia Today, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, one of those leading the UN Investigation into the alleged chemical attacks in West and East Ghouta argued that autopsies of the victims were unnecessary as “A dead body can’t tell you anything.”

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Chemical weapons Syria United Nations

The agreement on destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

The UN Security Council agreement on the destruction of all chemical weapons held in Syria, by both government and rebel forces, and the measures adopted to try to prevent the terrorist groups operating in the country from getting their hands on chemical weapons are welcome. However, these agreements need to be followed up by an […]

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Chemical weapons Syria

UN Report on Syria Chemical Weapons Photo

The UN has issued a picture of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon receiving the Chemical Weapons Report on Syria from the Head of the Investigation Team Avi Sellstrom.