Crossing the red line: The use of chemical weapons in Syria and what should happen now

Research paper by Yasmin Naqvi

Indexed on: 31 Aug '19Published on: 01 Dec '17Published in: International Review of the Red Cross


The use of chemical weapons in the armed conflict in Syria has attracted universal and widespread condemnation and has led to unified responses by various international bodies. This article examines the international community's responses to chemical weapons use in Syria from the perspective of international law. It also analyzes the potential options for accountability that are available for chemical weapons-related crimes. The intention is ultimately to make the case that the special status the international community has ascribed to chemical weapons crimes could be harnessed to create an accountability mechanism, such as an ad hoc tribunal, that could help pave the complex road towards a negotiated peace.