A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Control Arms Coalition reaction: Arms Trade Treaty text
In response to the release of the revised text last night (Friday), Anna Macdonald, Oxfam's Head of Arms Control, said:
“We are extremely disappointed and don’t believe this is the best that diplomats can come up with after years of negotiations.
“The President of the Conference stated repeatedly he would listen to the voice of the majority but instead has spent too much time listening to the P5.
“This text is still not good enough and has major loopholes in it. The range of weapons covered in the previous draft is now even narrower and ammunition is still poorly covered. The criteria for assessing whether to go ahead with an arms transfer also remains too weak. These gaps – and others - must be urgently fixed.
“We need a treaty that will put in place tough rules that send a clear message to unscrupulous arms dealers that their time is up. Now is the moment to stand up to Human Rights abusers and dictators around the world and say ‘enough is enough’.”
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Louis Belanger (Oxfam) +1 917 224 0834
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