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Churches council to lobby Kenya on arms treaty

04 June 2014, 11:30

Nairobi - The World Council of Churches (WCC) plans to lobby Kenya to encourage the government ratify an arms trade treaty.

Other countries the organisation is lobbying include Tanzania, Burundi, DRC and Uganda. Others include Rwanda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana.

Other countries in Africa and beyond have ratified the treaty which the WCC terms as potentially life-saving.

Zambia ratified the treaty earlier this week together with Jamaica and Australia.

WCC said in a statement that the treaty ratification had so far been a success with ratifications totalling to 42 in a year.

“Ten countries were slated to ratify the treaty on Tuesday 3 June, raising the total to 42 ratifications just one year after the agreement was opened for signatures.  When 50 countries ratify, the long-awaited treaty comes into effect,” said WCC in a statement.

WCC is keen on having as many countries as possible to sign the treaty so as to save “the lives shattered by illicit weapons each day.”

“It is critical that African states ratify the Arms Trade Treaty,” said Joseph Dube of the WCC’s Ecumenical Campaign for a Strong and Effective Arms Trade Treaty.

“African governments, civil society groups and churches worked hard to make this treaty strong.  We call on them to ratify it now,” continued Dube.

 – CAJ News

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