05/04/2020 Syria (International Christian Concern) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has published a report noting how HTS (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a terrorist organization) has clamped down on Christian properties in Idlib. Christian properties are considered as spoils of war, and thus fall under the civilian wing of HTS.
This office has informed property owners that HTS maintains the right to rent, acquire, and dispose of property at any time. The properties are handled under Sharia law, and Christians who fled their homes in this area are prohibited from appointing someone to challenge decisions. Properties of Christians in Western Idlib, such as in the villages of Ya’aqubiya and Halauz, are disposed by HTS in order to support the families of fighters.
Last week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report and labeled Syria as a country of particular concern. The report also included the recommendation that HTS be designated as an entity of particular concern for its religious freedom violations.
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