Monday, April 11, 2011
No arms in the wrong hands
A man shows a crater caused by what he says is the impact of a missile fired from a Libyan army aircraft as he stands in front of an old military plane at a military airport runway in Al Abrak.
Libya has witnessed horrific levels of violence in the last few days. Hundreds of innocent people have died, among them protesters who were peacefully demanding basic political and human rights reform.
Across the Middle East and North Africa region, people have taken to the streets in their thousands to demand change. In far too many cases, they have been met with bullets, shotguns, grenade launchers, riot guns, electro-shock batons, armoured vehicles and police trucks.
A number of states from around the world have supplied arms to these countries. Wouldn’t it help to have a treaty that would stop arms from getting into the hands of those who will use them to commit human rights violations?
You can do something to make this happen.
At the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in March, Amnesty International will call on governments to push for a treaty that is strong enough to prevent the horrors now taking place in Libya from taking place in other countries in the future.
Help us show world governments that thousands of people like you support this. Stop arms from getting into the wrong hands.
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