Trade in Guns Easier Than Bananas

June 28, 2012 Updated: July 18, 2015
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Activists from Oxfam Canada solicit signatures in Ottawa for a petition calling for “No Arms for Atrocities” in advance of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations beginning July 2 at the United Nations in New York. Supporters of the Arms Trade Treaty hit the streets of Ottawa Wednesday to urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to champion strong and comprehensive rules on the international trade in weapons and ammunition.

Oxfam and other groups issued a joint statement describing the negotiations as “a unique opportunity to keep weapons from reaching terrorists, criminals, and human rights abusers and to curb the terrible human toll caused by armed violence.” The groups noted that there are strict global regulations governing trade in bananas but no global rules on the multi-billion-dollar business of buying and selling conventional arms and ammunition. (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA/SUSANNE URE)



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