Holy See demands to fight against the illicit proliferation of light weapons

Holy See demands to fight against the illicit proliferation of light weapons
Holy See demands to fight against the illicit proliferation of light weapons

At the United Nations in New York, Monsignor Robert Murphy reiterates the Vatican’s position: light weapons are “one of the most pressing threats to security at the national, regional and global levels.”

L’Osservatore Romano

“The illicit proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is one of the most pressing threats to security at the national, regional and global levels,” which is why the Holy See reaffirms “its support for the implementation of the Program of Action for prevent, combat and eliminate illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons, as well as other instruments, such as the Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas and the Silencing the Guns Initiative. This was stated by Monsignor Robert Murphy, Counselor of the Representation of the Holy See to the UN, within the framework of the IV Review Conference of the “Program of Action on Small and Light Weapons and the International Tracing Instrument”, in New York.

“Tens of thousands of people – he adds – die or are injured in conflicts because of these ‘weapons of mass destruction in slow motion'”, but also in areas outside the wars. It is children, he further emphasizes, “who are disproportionately affected”: these weapons are “commonly used to commit serious violations” against them, such as recruitment, kidnapping and violence. The Holy See reiterates “the importance of an approach that responds effectively to the real needs of women and children victims of this type of violence.”

 
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