As part of the “100 Days of Speaking Out!”, a countdown to the treaty negotiations, Control Arms will regularly feature stories and profiles of different people who support a bulletproof ATT.
On April 20th and 21st, the Swedish Fellowship for Reconciliation (SweFOR) staged two events in Sweden to support the Control Arms campaign effort. Throughout the two days of action, the organization was able to collect more than 250 signatures for the No Arms for Atrocities petition which calls on governments to support a strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) this July at the final negotiating conference.
In Alingsås, a local section of SweFOR handed out information about the important need for a strong Arms Trade Treaty. Michele Prisco, a campaigner from the organization said that locals passing by were intrigued by the demonstration and expressed great interest in the ATT. SweFOR was able to collect hundreds of signatures at the event while passing out materials in the city’s main square.
The next day in nearby Gothenburg, campaigners braved the rain in an effort to increase awareness of the devastating effects of the unregulated arms trade. The event included a “die-in,” where participants fell to the ground and were covered with white sheets to symbolize the people who die every day as a result of armed violence bolstered by the arms trade. More than one person dies every minute due to armed violence.
SweFOR, a member of the Control Arms coalition, has further plans to continue campaigning throughout the country as part of their “Stop Arms, Save Lives” program. Additional petition collection drives and an event focusing on Sweden’s controversial arms transfers at local churches in Alingsås and Gothenburg are planned for the coming week.