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05 January 2023 – On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the events commonly referred to as the “Ali Al-Wahsh massacre”, Huquqyat shares the findings of a three-year legal investigation confirming the occurrence of several crimes, including arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearance, and other inhumane acts against a civilian population at the Ali Al-Wahsh crossing. The crimes were committed by local Shiite militias affiliated with the Syrian regime, with the involvement of Syrian regime factions.

 

The investigation initiated by Huquqyat members and independent legal investigators Leila Sibai and Mariana Karkoutly in June 2020 revealed that crimes committed that day at the Ali Al-Wahsh crossing may amount to the crimes against humanity of murder, torture, imprisonment and other severe deprivation of physical liberty, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts, and the war crimes of wilful killing, wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health, unlawful confinement, as well as the war crimes of violence to life and person and committing outrages upon personal dignity.

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2023.01.05 - PRESS RELEASE: Huquqyat’s Investigation into the Events of Ali Al-Wahsh Suggests War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

"And because we dream of a homeland where there is no place for revenge and hatred, where the pain of the past is settled by fair trials, and where the full moral, civic, and judicial responsibilities are assumed, we will draw the curtain on a dark phase of our history, founded by tyranny upon hatred, violence, and impunity, to avoid repeating it again and again."

Razan Zaitouneh

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