Delhi (AsiaNews) - "Arms trade is a major cause of human rights abuses," said Archbishop
Charles Bo of Yangon. In an appeal to Asia's bishops, the president of the
Office of Human Development of the Federation of the Asian Bishops' Conference (FABC)
calls on world leaders to sign the Arms Trade Treaty. Between 2 and 27 July, world
powers are set to meet in New York to negotiate the UN-sponsored treaty that
would regulate conventional weapons trade.
FABC's campaign in its favour is based on a number of points: no arms for
atrocities, genocide, or violence against humanity; no arms for violation of
human rights or humanitarian law; responsible transfers of weapons with
transparency; and accountability and respect for sustainable development and
governments spend more on military expenditure than on social development,
communications infrastructure and health combined," Mgr Bo noted. "Global
military expenditure and arms trade is $ 1,000 billion dollars, annually."
possession, production and trade of weapons have deep ethical and social
implications, the FABC press release said. For this reason, "They must be
regulated by paying due attention to specific principles of the moral and legal
order. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed."