Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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Headquarters The Hague, Netherlands
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Interests Chemical weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organisation, located at The Hague, Netherlands.

FFM reports

On 30 June 2017, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) published a report confirming that people were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon, on 4 April 2017 in the Khan Shaykhun area, Idlib Province in the Syrian Arab Republic.[1] The FFM report was shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW’s Executive Council, which considered the FFM’s findings at an Executive Council meeting on 5 July 2017.[2][3]

On 6 July 2018, the OPCW issued FFM reports on Chemical Weapons-use allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018 and in Al-Hamadaniya and Karm Al-Tarrab in 2016.[4]

Theresa's porkies

On 7 July 2018, Tory Fibs tweeted:

"On 14 April 2018, Theresa May bypassed parliament & bombed Syria. She said Assad had used a Chemical nerve agent in Syria. Today, the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons report that there is no evidence for that claim."[5]

Wolfie tweeted:

"Corbyn was right. Again.
"No evidence of nerve gas in Douma.
"I fully expect the UK Media to tear Theresa May apart for taking us to the brink of World War III, for absolutely no reason.
"I won't hold my breath."[6]

And George Galloway tweeted:

“I tell you again if you believe the British government, the ones who told you about the nerve agent ‘attack’ on Douma, if you believe them about Amesbury, about the Skripals and Salisbury, well I’ve got a bridge here in London that I could sell you, going cheap..”[7]

CW chatter

Chatter about Assad and chemical weapons has re-emerged, after a Pentagon spokesperson said that the US has recently seen activity in the country suggesting “preparations” for “chemical weapons use”. Trump’s White House has warned Assad that “he and his military will pay a heavy price” if “another” attack takes place.

The BBC covered the development on 28 June. In fact, the story was plastered across most of major news sites. But at no point in the BBC story does it mention the new evidence Seymour Hersh’s investigation has brought to light.[8] Instead, the BBC cites the Russians arguing against Assad’s guilt and recalls a tip it received from an undisclosed “Western intelligence agency” claiming the Syrian government is still producing chemical weapons.

But Hersh’s evidence, based on testimony from involved military and intelligence officials and transcripts of real-time communications of the event, didn’t get a look in.[9]

Media censoring evidence

On 30 June, the OPCW claimed evidence of sarin gas was found in the aftermath of the April attack. It did not, however, conclude who was responsible for its presence. Hersh states that his investigation found that:

“Syria did NOT drop a sarin bomb that morning. It was known to everybody in the command. Period.”

But UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is already calling for international action against “those responsible”. And much of the media, including the BBC, is hiding Hersh’s evidence from public view.

People deserve to see all the information. Because the stakes are very high. A military confrontation with Syria would inevitably draw Russia into the conflict, as an ally of Assad and a power currently operating in the country. And it would lead to even more suffering for the Syrian people.

Politicians and the media fed people dodgy evidence in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. But with the media now censoring evidence on Syria, it looks like it’s trying to fool people again – or at the very least failing to do its job. We must not fall for its shameful behaviour a second time round.[10]

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Douma ‘attack’ witnesses speak at Russia-called OPCW briefing at The HagueArticle26 April 2018Halil al-Jaish who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning.
Document:First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis was in 2016 – By Iran, in Cooperation with the OPCWblog post17 March 2018Craig MurrayBeginning in late 2016, Iranian scientists succeeded in synthesising a number of Novichoks in full cooperation with the OPCW. This makes a complete nonsense of Theresa May’s “of a type developed by Russia” line, used to Parliament and the UN Security Council.
Document:Pictures resurface showing US Secretary John Kerry and President Assad dining in Syria togetherArticle3 September 2013Heather SaulJohn Kerry's volte-face: Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region (2009). President Assad is a "thug" like Adolf Hitler (2013).
Document:Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisisWikispooks Page17 April 2018Robert Fisk"A Syrian colonel I came across behind one of these buildings asked if I wanted to see how deep the tunnels were. I stopped after well over a mile when he cryptically observed that 'this tunnel might reach as far as Britain'. Ah yes, Ms May, I remembered, whose air strikes had been so intimately connected to this place of tunnels and dust. And gas?"
Document:The Trump Administration’s Syria Gas Attack Narrative Continues to UnravelArticle18 April 2017Michael KriegerUnited States Government: "They Lied About Iraq; They Lied About Libya; They're Lying About Syria."
Document:‘No slither of evidence’ against Russia over Skripal attack, George Galloway tells RTVideo28 March 2018George GallowayGeorge Galloway concludes: "The OPCW, which is currently examining samples of the nerve agent used against the Skripals, will presumably be lent upon to obfuscate the outcome. No one will ever know the truth.”
Document:“Former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal May Have Been Poisoned by BZ Nerve Agent”blog post16 April 2018Ludwig De BraeckeleerForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “Former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal May Have Been Poisoned by BZ Nerve Agent


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