Possible ‘precursors to chemical weapons’ exported from Britain to Syria: AOAV responds

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 […]

Why does no one talk about Syria’s other casualties?

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 […]

First, do no harm: AOAV encourages congress to tread carefully on Syria

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 […]

What’s the target? AOAV warns of dangers and risks inherent in bombing Syria

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 […]

News from AOAV: 27 August 2013

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Red line crossed? The world reacts to chemical attacks in Syria

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 […]

AOAV condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria

  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 Ban: Facts and Figures

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 […]

“New levels of brutality” in Syria says new UN report

But sending more arms will only serve to entrench and perpetuate the suffering of civilians.

Remembering the victims of chemical weapons

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.