On 13th February, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published an article saying that the legal framework prohibiting chemical weapons (CW) is considered the gold standard for multilateral disarmament. It features both comprehensive provisions and intrusive verification measures. Yet, in the case of Syria, this framework (which extends to the UN Security Council) has proven insufficient, and that failing to deal with the allegations involving Syria risks undermining the credibility of the framework. It refers to the fact that, on 23rd January, the French Foreign Ministry hosted the launch of the ‘International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons’, and the 6 measures those countries involved have agreed to. As well as attempting to re-establish credibility of, and faith in, the CW control framework, it says that there is a political dimension to the partnership which is intended to sustain the public discussion of CW use in Syria. In addition, it says, the participants will aid each other to use their domestic laws, including criminal law, to hold individuals and groups in (and supporting) the Syrian Government legally accountable for the use of CW. It is hoped that the use of domestic criminal law will deter the possible further use of such weapons.
See also –
Timeline of Syrian Chemical Weapons Activity, 2012-2018