The government of DR Congo must sign the Arms Trade Treaty to end the war and protect civilians
September 27, 2013– The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened in New York this week, with the meeting of Heads of State from around the world.
It was a fresh opportunity for nations to step up and sign the Arms Trade Treaty, which was adopted in the previous session of the General Assembly, on April 2nd, 2013. The adoption of this treaty was a historic moment and significant victory in bringing an end to the illegal arms trade globally.
Noticeably missing was the signature of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has been ravaged by the effects of uncontrolled arms trade in its decades long war.
This crisis has been ongoing since 1996, causing more than six million deaths, ravaging the Eastern region of the country and witnessing grave violations of human rights. Despite this opportunity for the government of DRC to accept its responsibility for preventing and bringing solutions for peace within its borders, it has yet to act.
In his opening address, President Joseph Kabila said, ” it is indeed necessary more than time to find ways and means to allow millions of persons, not to be simply alive, but to live with dignity in a world where peace, safety and justice are a reality for all.”
This peace and security mentioned will only become a reality when the government of DRC begins to take action for peace by signing the Arms Trade Treaty.
” If the other nations from the Great Lakes Region have signed, and the United States, one of the worlds largest weapons traders can sign then DRCongo, having seen major consequences of these weapons, has no excuse not to act ”, states Victor AMISI, Executive director of Vision GRAM-International.
” The World in general and the Congolese people in particular do not need these one-liners and speeches, but concrete actions ”.
It is time to acknowledge the suffering of the Congolese people.
Vision GRAM-International calls on the government of DR Congo to take action to end the war and in favor of development, and sign the Arms Trade Treaty in the 68th session of the General Assembly.
September 27, 2013
|Vision GRAM – International (Groupe of actions against Marginalization- International), member of Control arms Coalition, is a human right organization working to promote human right, by defending children and women’ s rights.|
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