The top U.S., British, French and German diplomats urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. They also said it’s “essential” to seek justice for the victims and hold those responsible accountable.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Government forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during Syria’s civil war, including in April’s deadly attack on Khan Sheikhoun, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. A government warplane dropped sarin on the town in
Samples from an attack by Syrian forces in March on an opposition-held town has tested positive for the banned nerve agent sarin in an examination by the global chemical weapons watchdog, sources told Reuters. The March 30 air strike in the town of Latamneh, in the northern Syrian Hama area,
By Michael Astor UNITED NATIONS — U.N. ambassadors from Britain and France said Tuesday they will seek to punish members of the Syrian regime implicated in the use of chemical weapons during the country’s civil war, but Russia’s envoy said his country would not support any such action. Ambassadors Matthew
WORLD NEWS | Tue Nov 22, 2016, | 4:25pm GMT / Containers of a chemical suspected to be chlorine were dropped by helicopters on rebel-held east Aleppo on Tuesday, causing breathing difficulties in some people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the local health authority said. The Britain-based war monitor said its
On 10 June 2016, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon transmitted the second report of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on chemical weapons use in Syria to the UN Security Council. The JIM was established by the United Nations in August 2015, under the auspices of the Organisation for the
18 November 2016 – The Security Council has extended, for an additional year, the mandate of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict. Unanimously adopting
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The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body mandated to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, for an additional year. Unanimously adopting resolution 2319 (2016), the Council maintained the previous mandate of the
Amnesty says Syria airstrikes war crimes Investigators said there was “sufficient evidence” to conclude that government forces were responsible an attacks on the rebel-held village of Qmenas on 16 March 2015 The Joint Investigation Mechanism (JIM) report said a device dropped from a high altitude “hit the ground and released the
International team accuses Assad government of using chlorine gas in two incidents, and Isis fighters of using mustard gas An international team has concluded that the Assad regime and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in Syria during 2014 and 2015. The team from the UN and the Organisation for
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Executive Council (EC) adopted by vote a decision today that expresses grave concern about and condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, calls on all parties identified in the OPCW-United Nations (UN)
The Director-General has circulated to States Parties three reports submitted to him by the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM). The FFM had been tasked to look into three separate sets of incidents in which the use of toxic chemicals in the Syrian Arab Republic had been reported. Based on information
UN news center 31 October 2016 – The UN Security Council today extended by just under three weeks the mandate of the United Nations- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian civil war.
(New York) – Syrian government forces apparently used toxic chemicals in two recent attacks in Aleppo, Syria that killed five civilians and injured dozens. New information also indicates that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has recently used chemicals as a weapon. The United Nations Security Council should respond immediately to the credible
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