Biological and chemical warfare

  • Syria: Reports of Alleged Chemical Attack

    April 5, 2017

    4 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said that he is “deeply disturbed” by reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed heartfelt condolences to the victims of the incident and their families. He noted that the UN Security Council affirmed that the use of chemical weapons “constitutes a serious violation of international law” and runs counter to resolutions passed by the 15-member body.

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  • Peace and Security Salon Bio/Chemical Weapons

    March 17, 2016

    Biological and chemical weapons continue to form a threat to worldwide peace and security. On Wednesday 11 May the Peace Palace Library will organize a third Peace and Security Salon. During this event three speakers will provide different perspectives on the use of biological and chemical weapons. The speakers will also pay attention to possible threats and future developments concerning the use of these weapons. Whereas biological weapons consist of living microorganisms that can cause deadly infectious diseases, chemical weapons are manmade toxic chemicals. Efforts to ban these WMD have been made for over 100 years.

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  • A Nobel Prize for the OPCW's Work in Syria

    A Nobel Prize for the OPCW’s Work in Syria

    October 17, 2013

    Last Friday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2013 ‘for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons’. The OPCW is an intergovernmental organization which was created in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention. The OPCW has as its mission to dismantle all chemical weapons arsenals and to monitor and prevent the use of chemical substances as a means of warfare. Chemical weapons have been used since the early existance of mankind. There are many documented examples of the use of chemical weapons by our ancestors. The use of chemical weapons has been prohibited by international law.

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