5 October 2019 — Tim Hayward
By Tim Hayward
The use of chemical weapons is a war crime. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) – signed by almost every nation – aims to expunge their use from the face of our planet. Charged with implementing the Convention is the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Part of its task is to investigate such use when alleged to have occurred. It has played a particularly prominent role in relation to Syria since the US administration under President Obama declared the use of chemical weapons a ‘Red Line’ the transgression of which would trigger military intervention in the war.