Day One: ‘Die-in’ at the UN and David Grimason delivers a message to leaders
July 3 2012, 8:13 AM by Rosie Cowling
Bodies of evidence on first day of UN Arms Trade Treaty conference
The message from the first day of negotiations in New York City yesterday? Stop the ‘body bag’ approach to arms control.
Every day, 2000 people die around the world as a result of armed violence. Arms embargos are imposed far too late, when a situation is already at crisis point and the body bags are filling up. To symbolise this toll, Control Arms activists staged a ‘die-in’ in front of the world’s press outside the United Nations building.
Courage and no compromises
David Grimason’s two year old son Alistair was shot and killed in 2003 while on holiday in Turkey, when a gunmen entered a cafe with an easily-acquired gun and illegally traded bullets.
Yesterday, David was at the UN to urge world governments to show courage and refuse to compromise on a strong, effective Arms Trade Treaty that can stop millions of parents losing children like Alistair because of weapons falling into the hands of killers.