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Holy See backs UN ban on arms transfers to oppressive governments

Catholic World News - March 26, 2013

The Vatican’s representative at the UN has called for adoption of an international tready that would ban the transfer of arms to countries where human-rights violations are taking place.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the permanent UN observer for the Holy See, said that an international accord “should provide strong protections against the transfer of arms to countries where such arms are being used against civilian populations in violation of internationally agreed humanitarian and human rights laws.” He added that arms trade in general should be guided not solely by the search for profit, but by concern for human life and human rights.

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