Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) blames Syria for using nerve gas
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Global groupings
- The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has blamed Syria explicitly for the first time for toxic attacks of 2017.
- Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad’s air force has been accused of using the nerve gas sarin and chlorine three times in 2017.
- The attack had killed hundreds of people and caused injuries to many.
- The use of chemical weapons is strictly prohibited by international law.
Important value additions:
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
- OPCW is an intergovernmental organisation.
- It is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) , which entered into force in 1997.
- The Organisation oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.
- Headquarter of the organisation is at The Hague, Netherlands.
- All states who are members of the CWC are automatically members of this organization.
- The organisation was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons with most recent being in Syria civil war”.