The OPCW Votes to Attribute Blame for Chemicals Weapons Violations: Not Everyone’s Happy

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Author: 
Maria O'Sullivan
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 27, 2018 the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) gained the power to assign blame for chemical weapons attacks. This British-led move, opposed by Russia, Syria and their allies, is a big step forward in holding perpetrators of such attacks legally accountable, and comes at a time when chemical weapons are in the spotlight following horrific stories of attacks on civilians in Syria and the Skripal and Sturgess cases combined.