On 1 March 2019, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published its report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the 7 April 2018 attack on Douma.  The reading of the report highlights several findings. First, it reveals that the launching of an investigation on the attack was prompted by accounts provided by social media and open-source information. Indeed, few hours after the attack, civilians and activists, reckoning the effects of the attack and the symptoms experienced by the victims were unusual, started documenting its aftermath. Pictures, along with...
Having taken control over Douma, the last rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta[1] on April 8, 2018, pro-government forces took many arbitrary measures against civilians there, as they arrested young men, in contravention of an agreement conducted with Jaish al Islam on April 8, 2018[2], and they even offend the dead who fall in the latest fierce offensive[3]. The well-known “Al-Sindiyana Cemetery”, in Douma, was being bulldozed by Regime forces, from mid-June until July 20, 2018, in order to get rid of the bodies buried there after...
For Immediate Release - (New York, June 19, 2018) - Governments should strengthen the tools to reverse the unprecedented threat to the global ban on chemical weapons, a coalition of 21 human rights and humanitarian groups said today. The continuing unattributed use of chemical weapons in Syria and nerve agents in the United Kingdom and Malaysia highlight the need to assign responsibility for those violating the longstanding and near universally accepted prohibition against chemical weapons. On June 26, 2018, the 192 members of the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will have the opportunity...
On April 7 the world once again was shocked by the heart-wrenching images of Syrian men, women and children who appeared to have suffocated in their houses in Douma, a suburb of Damascus that has been under furious attacks for weeks by the Syrian-Russian military alliance. While investigations are still pending, claims have been made that the Syrian government has again used chemical weapons against its own people. The Syrian and Russian governments have vehemently denied that a chemical attack occurred. The use of chemical weapons constitutes a war crime. The international prohibition on...