Arms Race

This week all the countries of the world will come together in New York for negotiations on a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty.  With millions of civilians paying the price every year for unfettered access to conventional weapons, it is hard to think of a more important task.

More of a burnoff than a buyback. Pic: AFP

Conventional weapons – from warships and tanks to fighter jets and machine guns – are too often easy to obtain and every day the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is confronted with the consequences. 

We provide medical care for tens of thousands of victims of armed conflict and violent unrest every year in areas as varied as Africa, the Middle East, South America and our own Pacific region.  Moreover, assistance for vulnerable people is often not available because humanitarian operations have been suspended or delayed due to armed security threats.

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  • Replica rolex says:

    07:19pm | 23/07/12

    I cling on to listening to the news broadcast lecture about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the best site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i get some? Read more »

  • David says:

    07:36pm | 02/07/12

    MarkS history is actually my field. Although in a certain way you are correct that modern weapons (in particular their precision) have reduced many of the horrific injuries and large body counts of wars in the past. However, the ability to cause death on larger scales than ever before is… Read more »

 

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