Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare: Every year on November 30, the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare is observed.This internationally marked day was adopted by the United Nations to remember the victims of chemical warfare. The purpose of the day is to support efforts to eliminate the use of chemical weapons and to remember those who have suffered as a result of such warfare.
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare: Significance
Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare memorializes those who have lost their lives to chemical warfare. It is a day to mourn and honour the lost lives, whether they of soldiers or civilians. It is also a reminder of the cruelty of wars and how far we have come to safeguard the lives of future generations. But it is also a reminder of how much is still left to be done. The day is also commemorated to raise awareness about chemical weapons and the international laws against them. Public awareness is raised about the dangers of these weapons of mass destruction and what can be done to establish peace.
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare: History
The first international agreement limiting the use of chemical weapons can be traced back to 1675. France and Germany had come to an agreement to prohibit the use of poison bullets. This agreement was signed in Strasbourg. In 1874, the Brussels Convention on the Law and Customs of War was signed. It prohibited the employment of poison or poisoned weapons. However, the use of arms, projectiles or material to cause unnecessary suffering, though agreed upon, did not come into force.
The Hague Convention declared to ‘abstain from the use of projectiles, the sole object of which is the diffusion of asphyxiating or deleterious gasses’ in 1899. A second Hague Convention was agreed upon in 1907. It was to reiterate the earlier bans on employing poison or poisoned weapons. In 1993, the Chemical Weapons Convention was adopted. It went into effect on April 29, 1997. The United Nations established November 30 as the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare in 2005.