Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
Luxembourg’s Law on the Approval of the Chemical Weapons Convention (1997) provides that no natural or legal person may:
a.develop, produce or acquire chemical weapons by any other means, stockpile or preserve them in any capacity or for any purpose, or transfer them directly or indirectly to any person;
b.use chemical weapons;
c.undertake any preparatory steps for using chemical weapons;
d.assist, encourage or incite any person by whatever means to undertake any activity prohibited by the Convention and by this law;
e.transfer or receive, subject to the applicable Community provisions, the chemical products defined in Annex 1 to the Convention in circumstances prohibited by the Convention and not authorized by the Licensing Office.
In 1989, Luxembourg co-sponsored a draft resolution in the UN Commission on Human Rights which expressed “grave concern about reports of killing of unarmed Kurdish civilians, in particular by military attacks during 1988 using, inter alia, chemical weapons and causing mass exodus to neighbouring countries”.
At the First Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, Luxembourg reconfirmed its good intentions by once more emphasizing its commitment to global chemical disarmament.