Whiteford supports arms trade treaty

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford is supporting an international campaign calling for a robust and human rights-based arms trade treaty to be negotiated this July at the United Nations in New York.

Dr Whiteford took part in a photo action event in the House of Commons, which saw MPs having their photo taken while holding a sign stating their support for a bulletproof arms trade treaty.

The Control Arms Coalition, which organised the event, has been calling on MPs to demonstrate their support and urging David Cameron to publicly commit to a bulletproof arms trade treaty.

Every day, 1,500 people die as a result of armed violence and conflict.

The current poor regulations on arms trades allow these weapons to fall into the wrong hands, where they can be used to fuel conflict, poverty and human rights violations.