Is Turkey violating the Chemical Weapons Convention?

An independent investigation into possible violations of the Chemical Weapons

Convention in Northern Iraq is urgently needed

Dr. Josef Savary, Dr. Jan van Aken – IPPNW Switzerland/Germany

Summary

 The Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar openly acknowledged in the Turkish parliament the use of tear gas during a military operation

against the PKK in Northern Iraq. This is an outright violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and should be pursued legally by the international community.

 

To gather further information about this incident and other information about alleged uses of chemical agents during military operations in Northern Iraq, IPPNW Switzerland & Germany conducted a mission from September 20–27, 2022 to Northern Iraq. In the course of this mission, some indirect evidence for possible violations of the Chemical Weapons Convention was found:

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