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Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

The Geneva Protocol 1925

The Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare (the Geneva Protocol 1925) was adopted in reaction to the horrific consequences of the extensive use of toxic gas during the First World War (1914-18). The Protocol entered into force in 1928. It bans the use of 'asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials or devices', as well as the use of 'bacteriological methods of warfare' by a state party to the Protocol against any country which is also a party to the Protocol. Australia acceded to the Geneva Protocol in 1930.

Last Updated: 31 January 2019
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