Human rights groups regret "inaccuracy" over Syrian woman
Two international human rights groups said Thursday they regretted "any inaccuracy in the misidentification" of the body of a Syrian woman who was presented on state television after being declared dead last month dpa reported
In a joint statement, Amnesty International in London and Human Rights Watch, based in the US, said they had verified the information about Zeinab al-Hosni "with multiple and independent sources."
Amnesty said it published its news release after speaking to one of al-Hosni's brothers, while Human Rights Watch said it spoke to her mother and other relatives.
"It now appears that Zeinab's family misidentified the body that was presented to them due to the extensive damage to the body," the joint statement said.
On October 4, Syrian state television aired an interview with a woman who identified herself as al-Hosni. In the interview, she says that she left her family's house to escape ill-treatment by her brothers.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the Syrian authorities to allow them into the country without delay to investigate this and "other disturbing cases" that had been reported to them.