Règle correspondante
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 74. Chemical Weapons
The Penal Law (1990) of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as amended to 2005, states:
Chemical weapons consist of toxic or poisonous substances used for human destruction.
Any person who engages in the production, sale, purchase, handing over, exchange, possession or transport of chemical substances for the production of chemical weapons shall be punished as follows:
Any person who engages in the production, sale, purchase, handing over, exchange, possession or transport of [chemical weapons], or in inciting or promoting the use of chemical weapons, shall be punished as follows:
Any person who engages in the use of chemical weapons shall be punished as follows:
- If [such use] results in minor damage, [such person] shall be punished by five years to twenty years’ imprisonment and shall be fined 700,000,000 Kip to 1,500,000,000 Kip;
- If [such use] results in medium damage, [such person] shall be punished by life imprisonment and shall be fined 2,000,000,000 Kip to 5,000,000,000 Kip;
- If [such use] results in large damage, [such person] shall be punished by the death penalty.
Any attempt to commit such an offence shall also be punished. 
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Penal Law, 1990, as amended to 2005, Article 80.
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At the Conference of States Parties to the 1925 Geneva Protocol and Other Interested States in 1989, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic stated that it would accede to the 1925 Geneva Gas Protocol and noted: “Laos does not produce chemical weapons and does not intend to.” 
Gordon M. Burck and Charles C. Flowerree, International Handbook on Chemical Weapons Proliferation, Greenwood Press, New York, 1991, p. 430.
At the First Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic emphasized the importance of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and stated its commitment and its determination to contribute actively to the realization of the Convention’s aims. 
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Statement at the First Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, The Hague, 6–23 May 1997.