Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

11 October 2013

Nobel peace prize: A worthy winner, but much remains to be done

Nobel peace prize: A worthy winner, but much remains to be done
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

© Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images


This is a worthy winner, and a choice that reaffirms international principles against the use of chemical weapons and other banned weapons that cause untold suffering
Source: 
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International
Date: 
Fri, 11/10/2013

Following the announcement that The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International commented:

“This is a worthy winner, and a choice that reaffirms international principles against the use of chemical weapons and other banned weapons that cause untold suffering.

“It is a timely reminder to all governments and to those fighting in armed conflicts that wars have rules that must be respected. The prohibition of chemical weapons is one example of these important rules whose aim is to spare civilians.

“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. 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.”

Issue

Armed Conflict 
Military, Security And Police Equipment 
United Nations 

Country

Syria 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

@amnestyonline on twitter

News

18 September 2014

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men, and children – some as young as 12 – using a wide range of methods including beatings, shootings and rape... Read more »

19 September 2014

The Guatemalan government is fuelling the fires of conflict by failing to consult local communities before awarding mining licences to companies.

Read more »
19 September 2014

A Thai court’s decision to uphold a 10-year prison sentence given to an editor and social activist for allegedly insulting the royal family continues the relentless erosion of... Read more »

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Read more »
19 September 2014

The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health has sharply deteriorated after more than 230 days on hunger strike, by denying him... Read more »