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Safeguard Chemical Weapons Treaty

20-06-2018

Governments should strengthen the tools to reverse the unprecedented threat to the global ban on chemical weapons, a coalition of 21 civil society groups, including PAX, said today.

The continuing unattributed use of chemical weapons in Syria and nerve agents in the United Kingdom and Malaysia highlight the need to assign responsibility for those violating the longstanding and near universally accepted prohibition against chemical weapons.

On June 26, 2018, the 192 members of the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will have the opportunity to strengthen compliance with one of the most adhered-to weapons bans in history when they gather for a special meeting in The Hague. The meeting, requested by 11 states parties, aims to take urgent steps to strengthen the implementation of the convention. This should include ensuring that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) can attribute responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria and anywhere else they take place.

Read the full press release here. And the Arabic version here. 

Humanitarian Disarmament, Middle East

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