Statement: Control Arms campaign welcomes Arms Trade Treaty proposal, urges more reference to human rights
overview: There are 640 million loose firearms in the world today, enough to annihilate the human race from the face of the earth. Without strict controls, small arms and light weapons will continue to kill people, destroy lives and continue to fuel the vicious cycle of violence. The political killings of journalists, activists and religious leaders in the Philippines could undeniably be linked to arms proliferation in the country. Loose firearms deny an enormous number of people the chance at life and a chance to escape poverty. Urgent measures for stricter gun control laws must be implemented and the international arms trade and transfers should be controlled. Members of the Generation Peace Youth Network joins the rest of the world in pushing for an Arms Trade Treaty in the UN Review Conference in New York.
NEW YORK–International campaigners welcomed the tabling of a draft proposal revealed today by a group of seven key governments to achieve an Arms Trade Treaty in the United Nations. However the Control Arms campaign – Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the International Action Network on Small Arms also criticised the draft for failing to include the respect of human rights which must be a fundamental requirement of an Arms Trade Treaty.
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