Chemical weapons

Consequences of chemical weapons still felt by victims 34 years after the attack on Halabja, Northern Iraq

The 16th of March 2022 marks the 34th anniversary of the despicable attack on Halabja by the forces of Saddam Hussain on the Kurdish population of Northern Iraq. The population was targeted with what experts later concluded to be “a…

OPCW’s Conference of the States Parties opens in The Hague

Member States meet for annual conference to review progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, address challenges, and set strategy for coming year The Twenty-Sixth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CSP-26) opened…

The unsustainability of hypocrisy

Every year the team at Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament arm of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom report on all international forums concerned with disarmament. At this time of year they follow the First Committee of the…

The official Skripal story is a dead duck

One of the striking things about the official Skripal story is the way its more wildly improbable aspects have been released to the mainstream media over a long period, so as to manage their impact. So, for example, police acknowledgement…

The Quest for Order in a Time of Chaos

Viewpoint by Boaventura de Sousa Santos* COIMBRA, Portugal (IDN) – The bombing of Syrian sites where chemical weapons are supposedly being manufactured or stocked, allegedly to be used by the Bashar al-Assad government against rebels, has left citizens all over…

Celebrating a milestone: Russia completes the destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

Dr John Hart for SIPRI. On Wednesday the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü of Turkey, congratulated Russia on completing the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile which originally totalled 39 967…

Report on alleged April Idlib chemical attack based on questionable evidence – Russian OPCW rep

The latest OPCW report on the April Idlib chemical incident lacks sufficient evidence and is based on data provided mostly by only one side of the Syrian conflict without necessary verification, the Russian OPCW representative, Aleksandr Shulgin, told RT. “The…

US-led coalition admits use of white phosphorus in Mosul amid mounting criticism

A New Zealand general has confirmed that the US-led coalition fighting in Mosul has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus. It comes amid mounting criticism over the use of the multipurpose weapon, which can be extremely dangerous to civilians. Over…

Without any in situ inspection, OPCW confirms sarin exposure during the explosion that took place in Syria on 4th April

On April 19, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that “the analysis indicates that the victims were exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance” during the events in Idlib, Syria, last April 4th (see full text…

Chemical weapons in Syria and UN Security Council: No resolution adopted

Would you like to know why? On April 12, the Security Council met again to discuss the issue of chemical substances that caused the deaths of 87 persons on April the 4th in Syria. A first urgent session took place…

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