Practice Relating to Rule 73. Biological Weapons
Under Georgia’s Criminal Code (1999), “the production, acquisition or sale of … biological, or other kinds of weapon of mass destruction, prohibited by an international treaty” and the “use during hostilities or in armed conflict of such means and materials or weapons of mass destruction which are prohibited by an international treaty” are crimes.
In 2016, in a statement at the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention made on behalf of the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, including Georgia, the representative of Japan stated:
Through international cooperation with many countries around the world, GP [G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction] members … address other important aspects of the BWC [1972 Biological Weapons Convention], such as national implementation, including the promotion of education and awareness raising. They thereby support and reinforce the Convention’s objectives with regard to prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, transfer, retention, stockpiling and use of biological and toxin weapons.