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Watchdog’s Nobel Prompts Call for Burma to Ratify Chemical Weapons Treaty

14 October 2013

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a chemical weapons watchdog last week has led a human rights group to urge Burma to ratify an international treaty prohibiting the arms. “The award of Nobel Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] once again highlights how far Myanmar is from fulfilling international norms, despite the government’s rhetoric of reform,” HRW’s deputy Asia director Phil said, referring to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Burma signed in 1993 but has not yet ratified. The OPCW is responsible for monitoring adherence to the treaty’s provisions.