Paraguay adopts CWC implementation legislation

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Friday that Paraguay has passed legislation that fully implements provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

A requirement for all member states of the CWC is to implement national legislative measures that allow the convention to have full force in regard to each state's national legal framework. In the law, Paraguay established control mechanisms for toxic chemicals and chemical weapons that fall in line with the CWC.

The OPCW offers support and training to state parties of the CWC, including those on implementation practices, analytical chemistry, customs practices relating to harmful chemicals and weapons and emergency preparedness in the case of a chemical attack or emergency. Representatives from Paraguay participated in an OPCW-sponsored internship program that allows legal drafters to tailor legislation to the requirements of the convention.

The CWC prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and other activities relating to chemical weapons and toxic chemicals.

The OPCW reports that three regional groups and 21 countries have been successful in implementing appropriate legislation in line with the provisions of the CWC. Paraguay is the fourth country to adopt legislation shortly after completing the internship program, alongside Grenada, Panama and Cape Verde. 

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