Submitted by ub on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:59

Amnesty International USA claims it's easier to trade weapons around the world than it is to trade bananas.

This statement about bananas suggests how easy it could be for brutal dictators and armed groups to buy weapons and use them against civilians.

Amnesty plans to stage a huge event in New York City to educate the public about irresponsible arms trades.

World leaders are meeting to negotiate an arms trade treaty in July, so now is the perfect time to demand an arms trade that protects human rights.

A bulletproof arms trade treaty will:

Stop the transfer of arms when there is a substantial risk they will be used in violations of human rights and humanitarian law, such as genocide, the use of child soldiers and sexual violence. This includes all conventional arms and ammunition.

Amnesty International plans to be in Times Square on June 27th with bananas, billboards, and most importantly, petitions that demand an arms trade treaty with strong human rights protections.