chemical weapons

  • May 25, 2018

    The United Nations Secretary-General has announced a bold new vision for global disarmament, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction.

  • April 17, 2018

    The World Council of Churches has urged the international community to find a way to break the cycle of violence in Syria. The statement comes two days after the USA, France and the UK carried out missile strikes following a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack.

  • April 14, 2018

    The International Rescue Committee says if the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of Syrian civilians, it can do far better in resettling Syrian refugees. 

  • April 9, 2018

    Following a period of relative calm in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern over renewed violence in Douma, particularly the alarming allegations that chemical weapons may have been used against civilians.

  • April 5, 2018

    Results of tests of samples collected from individuals exposed to a nerve agent in Salisbury, are expected to be received by early next week, says the head of the United Nations-backed body working to rid the world of chemical weapons.

  • April 13, 2017

    With a ‘no’ vote from permanent member Russia, the United Nations Security Council yesterday failed to adopt a resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and called on the Government to cooperate with an investigation into the incident.

  • April 7, 2017

    In the wake of the horrific chemical weapons attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria, World Council of Churches  General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, called for a cultural shift in the region as he expressed deep sympathy to the families of the victims.

  • April 6, 2017

    Briefing an emergency meeting of the Security Council yesterday, following the reports of alleged chemical weapons use in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria, a senior United Nations official for disarmament affairs said that while many details are not yet fully known, new information continues to come in on the incident.

  • December 31, 2014

    The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is generally considered a 'slow news' period by the media, as not much is happening (in reality of course, lots of things are happening; just not the sort of things that most editors tend to consider newsworthy). The week, however, is always livened up by the release of government papers under the 30-year rule. Government documents from 1985 have just entered the public domain.

  • September 16, 2013

    The United Nations Secretary-General has received the report of the UN team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.