Investigating War Crimes in Syria: justice and accountability or politics and deception? (The case of OPCW, IIIM and their conjunction)

By TIM HAYWARD Introduction   In Syria since 2011, the human suffering has been beyond description. The scale of death and displacement of people, the destruction of lives and livelihoods, has been impossible to record with any accuracy. How the war in Syria started and developed are matters about which there is considerable controversy. What Read more about Investigating War Crimes in Syria: justice and accountability or politics and deception? (The case of OPCW, IIIM and their conjunction)[…]

Update on the OPCW’s investigation of the Douma incident

Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Piers Robinson Members of Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media 1 Summary 2 Irregularities in the published reports of the Fact-Finding Mechanism 2.1 No comparison with epidemiology or toxicology of chlorine release incidents 2.2 Withholding of quantitative results of chemical analyses 2.3 Delay in initiating engineering / ballistics studies, inadequate reporting 2.4 Ignoring evidence of staging in Read more about Update on the OPCW’s investigation of the Douma incident[…]

How the OPCW’s investigation of the Douma incident was nobbled*

Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Jake Mason, Piers Robinson Members of Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media First Published 26 June 2019 *The term ‘nobbled’ is used here to describe illegal or unfair interference. The term was originally used to describe actions designed to prevent a horse from winning a race.    1 Summary 2 Introduction 3 The Fact-Finding Read more about How the OPCW’s investigation of the Douma incident was nobbled*[…]

Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018

Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Piers Robinson Members of Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media 13 May 2019 1 Introduction 2 Commentary on the Engineering Assessment 2.1 Methodology 2.2 Results: Location 2 2.3 Results: Location 4 2.4 Conclusions of the Engineering Assessment 3 Implications of the Engineering Assessment combined with other findings 4 The hijacking Read more about Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018[…]

Briefing note on the final report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission on the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018

Paul McKeigue, David Miller, Piers Robinson 11 April 2019 (Comments and input with respect to this briefing note can be provided here) Members of Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media 1 Summary 2 Introduction 3 Handling of evidence 3.1 Witnesses 3.2 Environmental and biomedical samples 3.3 Images 3.4 Failure to proceed with exhumations 3.5 Read more about Briefing note on the final report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission on the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018[…]

Toxicology Report

The OPCW Douma Investigation: Redactions and Manipulation of Key Toxicology and Related Information Regarding Alleged Victims between the Original Interim Report and the Final Report   Published June 2021   Dr Piers Robinson,  Convenor, Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media   This report, reviewed by three experts, is part of on-going research; for comments, Read more about Toxicology Report[…]

‘Entrepreneurial justice’ operations related to the Syrian conflict: role of The Commission for International Justice and Accountability and other businesses controlled by William Wiley

Paul McKeigue Summary Introduction Wiley’s biography Inconsistencies and misrepresentation Tsamota Limited and spinout companies Origins of CIJA: partnership between Tsamota and ARK Alistair Harris’s biography Other key personnel associated with CIJA CIJA’s working environment Netherlands location (2012) Belgian location (2013-2015) Lisbon location (2016) CIJA’s funding Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (2012-2019) Investigation by the European Read more about ‘Entrepreneurial justice’ operations related to the Syrian conflict: role of The Commission for International Justice and Accountability and other businesses controlled by William Wiley[…]