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Hate Weapons - The list March 06, 2006 12:59 PM

To further our brainstorming, I thought we could build a list of hate weapons that we aim to have banned. Please add to it or comment on the contents:

1. Landmines
2. Cluster Bombs
3. Depleted Uranuim warheads
4. Chemical Weapons
5. Targetted Viral Agents
6. Nuclear weapons
7. Booby trap and advanced anti-personnel weapons.
8. Extreme defoliation weapons such as napalm.

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 March 21, 2006 9:18 PM

It's a good start. I'm not very optimistic about your chances of getting these banned. India didn't sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, but our President, in all his wisdom, has decided to reward them with technology sharing anyway.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 23, 2006 9:06 AM

I'm happy to bring some optimism here... ..For example, use of chemical weapons are banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997.

Inner Silence, Energy, and Joy!
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 March 23, 2006 12:58 PM

http://www.opcw.org/

States that have neither signed nor acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention As at 23 February 2006

The Convention was open for signature from 13 January 1993 through 28 April 1997. After that date, States which did not sign the Convention can accede to it.

1. Angola 2. Barbados 3. Democratic People's Republic of Korea 4. Egypt 5. Iraq 6. Lebanon 7. Somalia 8. Syrian Arab Republic
Signatory States which have not yet ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention As at 23 February 2006 1. Bahamas 02-03-94 2. Central African Republic 14-01-93 3. Comoros 13-01-93 4. Congo 15-01-93 5.

Dominican Republic

13-01-93 6.

Guinea-Bissau

14-01-93 7. Israel 13-01-93 8. Myanmar 14-01-93

A Global Convention to Ban
     Chemical Weapons

In 1997, a new kind of disarmament treaty entered into force. The purpose of this novel international effort, the Chemical Weapons Convention, is to ban the development, production, stockpiling, use or transfer of chemical weapons.

The goal of the Convention is to eliminate chemical weapons, forever, by destroying the existing stockpiles and preventing the production of new chemical weapons. An ever-expanding community of nations, now numbering 164 States Parties to the Convention (as at 22 June 2004), is dedicated to achieving this disarmament goal. Collectively, these countries, or Member States, form the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. A major Review Conference has just assessed progress over the first six years of the Convention's implementation and has set the agenda for the future.

The six States Parties that have declared chemical weapons have to destroy over eight million items, including munitions and containers —in total, seventy thousand metric tonnes of extremely toxic chemical agents. By comparison, a tiny drop of nerve agent, no larger than the head of a pin, can kill an adult within minutes after exposure.


The OPCW monitors and verifies that the destruction process is irreversible. At the same time, the State Party shall place the highest priority on the safety of people and the protection of the environment when chemical weapons are destroyed.

The world's chemical industry manufactures the compounds we depend upon for daily life. Some very common chemicals can, if misused, be employed directly, or through further synthesis with other substances, as chemical weapons. Together with governments, and with the support of the global chemical industry, the OPCW monitors the trade and production of the “dual-use” chemicals so that they are not diverted from their peaceful purposes.


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 March 23, 2006 1:01 PM

The one thing I could not find was a break down of the current status of decommisioning or an estimate of how many countries have failed to declare weapons - I think the few that declared in 1997 can't be all surely?  [ send green star]
 
 June 08, 2006 6:20 PM


SONIC WEAPONS

MICROWAVE WEAPONS

ELF WEAPONS - These already have a Test Ban Treaty [Sorry the info. i had is lost]
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