We must join forces against the proliferation of weapons

The uncontrolled flow of small and light weapons has serious consequences around the world, the debaters write. Photo: Pixabay

Of: Anders Ankarlid, Karin Enström, Karin Olofsson, Martin Nihlgård and Olle Thorell

Over a billion small and light weapons are circulating around the world, many of which are illegal. The existence of illegal weapons is directly linked to conflict, terrorism, organized crime and violence against women. Now politicians, companies and civil society must work together to reduce the spread of weapons in the world, several debaters write.

December 17, 2019, Debate

Sida must prioritize the work against the illegal distribution of weapons

Small and light weapons - such as pistols and rifles - kill half a million people every year. They are therefore called today's real weapons of mass destruction.

Of: Bodil Valero, Charlotta Lotta Hedström, Charlotta Lotta Ohlsson, Christer Winbäck, Desired Pethrus, Eva Zetterberg, Håkan Svenneling, Hanna Gunnarsson, Karin Enström, Lotta Johnsson Fornarve and Yasmine Posio Nilsson

Every day, an average of 575 people in the world are killed by weapons such as rifles and pistols. The Government's priorities in these matters are clear. Reducing the illegal flow of small arms and light weapons is an important goal of peace work. Now Sida must also listen to it, write 11 current and former members of parliament from different parties.

October 1, 2019, Debate