The suffering of Zainab al-Husni family did not end when the authorities (at Homs Military Hospital) handed them two bodies supposedly of their Son, Muhammad Deeb, and their 18-years old daughter, Zainab. Signs of torture and mutilation were evident on both bodies, but the female corpse was particularly defaced, dismembered and burnt. Apart from the many discrepancies in the Syrian TV saga, the Syrian regime has condemned themselves in many ways.
There remain two buried bodies, one of Muhammad Deeb al-Husni, and another of a savagely, mutilated and disfigured body of a young female (the authorities now say it is not Zainab’s). So, the Syrian authorities, implicitly and naively admit that:
- They have tortured and killed two young people.
- They lied to al-Husni family about the death of their daughter.
- They are withholding evidence to the real identity of the mutilated corpse of a young girl, and therefore perverting the course of justice.
- The intension, as we know now, was a carefully, yet naively, orchestrated media stunt, by the Syrian regime, in their futile attempts to discredit the opposition, world media and human rights organisations (including Amnesty International). This also shows the regime’s blatant disregard for human life or the dignity of dead people, not to mention the prolonged trauma of the families of the victims.
- The so-called Zainab paraded on TV remains in custody, and al-Husni family did not meet her.
- Human right organisations and foreign media have not been given access to ‘Zainab’ to assess her condition and welfare.
In a TV interview, Zainab’s mother says the mutilated body they received was that of Zainab, and that she has some doubts whether the girl interviewed on Syrian TV is her real daughter. She adds, “I hope this is my real daughter, and if so, I want her back”. Copies of the death certificate and other official documents are also shown (AL-Arabiya TV). The trauma this family has gone through continues, and the culprits are the Syrian secret security forces and their masters.
The Syrian people remain alone in their quest for freedom. Human rights obligations under the UN Charter give scope for intervention work, especially when serious violations and systematic crimes against humanity are committed, and that was the legal basis for stopping the massacres in Bosnia and Kosovo. Until the world decides to act, systematic violations of human rights and crimes against humanity continue in Syria.