Amnesty brings arms control petition to city

AMNESTY International’s million faces petition comes to Limerick tomorrow week.

Amnesty activists are collecting photos and self-portraits as part of the group’s Control Arms campaign. The petition, which is being run in conjunction with Oxfam, will bring Amnesty members to the pavements of the city collecting photos, drawings and sketches of people.

The campaign, which is being run all over the world, is intended to send a global message to the world’s governments seeking an International Arms Trade Treaty.

Amnesty Limerick spokesman John Lannon said: “Lack of controls on the arms trade is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide, and every government is responsible. Amnesty’s Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade.”

More than 800,000 people in 160 countries have already given their photographs to what is set to become the world’s largest photo petition.

Mr Lennon said: “The worldwide aim is to reach one million faces, and these will be delivered to world leaders at the UN world conference on small arms in June.

“These faces will represent the million people who have been killed by arms since the last UN conference on small arms in 2001. Existing arms controls are powerless to protect innocent civilians, according to reports.

“But on Saturday, Limerick people can help make this message heard by giving their photograph or sketch to our petition.”

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