At the beginning of April an overwhelmingly United Nations General Assembly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade. For more than a decade, peace movements and human rights organizations around the world struggled to obtain an Arms Trade Treaty. About 2,000 people die in the world every day because of the effects of small arms and light weapons and this business is worth $70 billion. Only
Jon Bergeå, in charge of small arms work at the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation expresses his satisfaction: “For the first time we have an internationally binding agreement governing the trade of conventional arms.
On the weekend of April 12-14, 30 representatives from 11 different European IFOR member organizations gathered in
With the centennial celebration approaching, a good part of the meeting was focused on ways to prepare Konstanz 2014.
On 15 April the third Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) took place. Peace groups all over the world have raised awareness about the large sums of money that governments spend on the military every year. Among these peace groups were several IFOR members. The following are some inspiring examples of activities and actions from our friends.
This month marked 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq began. Looking back, many of the key players are still convinced that they did the country a big favor by removing Saddam Hussein from power. Just this month former UK prime minister, Tony Blair, declared that Iraq – and therefore, the world – is a safer place today than it would have been with Saddam still in power. Even though it is impossible to capture the truthfulness of such hypothetical statements, it might be worthwhile to assess the stability of whatever level of safety the country has indeed achieved.