On the 10 September, 2013, Vince Cable wrote a letter to the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP, Chair of the Committee on Arms Export Controls. In it, the Secretary of State detailed those times when licenses for chemicals that “can be used as precusors for chemical weapons” were granted to British companies. These licenses permitted […]
Over the last few days headlines from Syria have largely reported the diplomatic manoeuvring of the US and Russia as they try to negotiate an amnesty for Syria’s stockpiled chemical weapons. And in so doing, we hope, to avoid US military action. But there is another story that remains largely untold. One pushed to the […]
This week, the United States Congress is still expected to vote on whether or not to grant President Barack Obama the authority to launch air strikes on Syrian territory in retaliation for the Ghouta chemical attack on August 21. The prospect of US military strikes has begun to recede as Russia attempts to negotiate the […]
By all indications, the UK, the US and France are preparing for an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria in response to the August 21 chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus, with or without UN Security Council authorisation. Based on the available timeline and the military forces available, it appears that such an […]
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The world has collectively condemned the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Wednesday, which reportedly resulted in over 1,000 deaths. The Syrian government has denied the use of chemical weapons, calling the allegations “illogical and fabricated,” and claim that they are “propaganda.” By contrast, Syrian opposition groups claim that the attacks were launched by […]
Disturbing reports have been developing throughout today of a series of chemical weapon attacks on the outskirts of Damascus. These reports claim that Syrian government forces fired rockets with as-yet unidentified toxic agents at the Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold outside Damascus, early this morning. The reported number of deaths varies vastly. Some news […]
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) has been in force for over 15 years. And it’s impact is still relevant to day: the international community uses this instrument to help them eliminate the possibility of developing, producing, using, stockpiling or transfering these dreadful weapons forever. This brief overview offers an understanding of how the States Parties […]
But sending more arms will only serve to entrench and perpetuate the suffering of civilians.
As evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria is getting more and more conclusive, the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Chemical Weapons urges to stop and take stock of the terrible impact such weapons have on civilians and combatants alike.