You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Amnesty hails Nobel Peace Prize winner

OPCW recently sent inspectors to carry out the dismantling of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Amnesty today welcomed the Nobel Peace Prize going to the Syrian weapons inspectors OPCW, but warned that more needs to be done in the region.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) beat Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for female education widely tipped for this year's peace prize, to bag the coveted award for its role overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal.

"This is a worthy winner, and a choice that reaffirms principles against the use of chemical weapons and other banned weapons that cause untold suffering," said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty

"The recent deal in Syria was, of course, a positive step to remove banned chemical weapons from the battlefield, but we can't lose sight of the enormity of the human rights crisis in the country. No one has been held accountable for ongoing war crimes in Syria, including the horrific chemical weapons attacks," he said.

The OPCW, based in The Hague, was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

It recently sent inspectors to carry out the dismantling of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.

"Conventional weapons continue to be used to commit mass atrocities. Today's announcement must spur the international community to put an end to the mass violations in Syria and to address accountability for war crimes being committed by all sides of the conflict," Shetty said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, October 11 2013. 18:01 IST