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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01354-N
Date : 08/2015
Title : Le CICR tire le signal d'alarme sur le commerce des armes = ICRC sounds alarm on arms trade = Advertencia del CICR acerca del comercio de armas
Duration : 00:04:27
Director : FELL, Nicola Eva
Person appearing :
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
FELL, Nicola Eva
Editor : MOUCHET, Louis
Production reference : AV352N
Description : At the first conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (Cancun, Mexico 24-27 August), the International Committee of Red Cross says the illegal transfer of weapons is rife.
Around the world, hundreds of thousands of civilians are killed, injured or displaced at gunpoint. This is the reality ICRC staff witness around the world. “What we see is an enormous availability of weapons on the ground, to groups, to armies, and these weapons cause enormous suffering,” says ICRC President Peter Maurer. “I have seen it for myself visiting South Sudan, Central African Republic and Yemen just a couple of days ago what kind of suffering this causes. As difficult as it is to import medicine, medical goods and medical equipment, it's much easier in those conflicts to import arms. This is a situation we cannot accept.”
Arms transfers in conflict- or violence-affected areas are prolonging conflicts; threatening humanitarian assistance; and being used for direct attacks on hospitals, schools and people’s homes.
The Arms Trade Treaty came into force in December 2014 and was signed by 59 states and ratified by 72 states. It covers everything from small arms and ammunition to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.
In the Cancun conference, governments will decide on the mechanisms needed to implement the agreement. The ICRC is calling for a high level of transparency in the trade and for robust national control systems to curb the availability of weapons and stop their diversion to illicit markets.
“We are encouraged by the fact that states committed to the obligations in the arms trade treaty not to transfer arms to those in violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” says President Maurer, “but commitments must be followed by concrete action. States have to take their political commitments seriously. Acts have to follow commitments.”
Original language : International soundtrack
French title : Le CICR tire le signal d'alarme sur le commerce des armes
English title : ICRC sounds alarm on arms trade
Spanish title : Advertencia del CICR acerca del comercio de armas
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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