Israel/OPT. A global day of action to call on states to stop sending weapons that encourage violations of international law

Israel/OPT. A global day of action to call on states to stop sending weapons that encourage violations of international law
Israel/OPT. A global day of action to call on states to stop sending weapons that encourage violations of international law

On May 2, an NGO-led Global Day of Action mobilizes a global coalition of humanitarian and human rights organizations, arms experts, activists, journalists, academics, legal professionals and students, in order to call on States to cease transfers of arms, spare parts and ammunition which serve to fuel violations of international law in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Amnesty International has long called for a total arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and other armed groups taking part in the war in Gaza.

“This Global Day of Action must serve as a wake-up call to states that continue to supply arms to all parties to the conflict in Gaza that they risk being complicit in war crimes and other violations of international law,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Managing Director of Research, Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns at Amnesty International.

Israeli forces engage in unlawful attacks in Gaza, including indiscriminate attacks, contributing to heavy loss of life and causing massive destruction and damage to civilian infrastructure. As part of its research, Amnesty International noted that weapons supplied to Israel by the United States were used to carry out illegal airstrikes that caused numerous civilian casualties.

“Following the conclusion of the International Court of Justice that there is a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and taking into account the obligation of all States under international law to prevent genocide, governments that continue to supply weapons to Israel risk violating the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,” said Erika Guevara Rosas.

On April 29, Amnesty International submitted a research brief to the US government as part of the National Security Memorandum on Safeguards and Accountability for Transfers of Defense Articles and Services (NSM-20) process. , in which she pointed out the fact that weapons supplied to Israel by the United States were used to flout international law in Gaza. Armed groups in Gaza committed war crimes during the October 7 attacks and continue to indiscriminately fire rockets at towns and cities in Israel and hold hostages in Gaza.

Amnesty International activists are organizing a series of campaign actions in 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Switzerland , Slovakia, Australia, Korea and Taiwan. By focusing on countries with significant arms exports, these events aim to have a global impact. They will include symbolic “die-ins” and illuminations projected on government buildings, but also public demonstrations and scenes made with models of missiles and fighter planes.

Organized by civil society and international NGOs united around the demand for an immediate ceasefire, #CeasefireNOW, this Global Day of Action will raise awareness of the devastating impact of arms transfers on human rights, particularly in the Gaza Strip, where civilians are the first victims of violence. It also calls on governments around the world to stop transferring weapons to Israel, while emphasizing the importance of respecting international law and the protection of civilians.

Campaign activities on May 2 center around an appeal by more than 250 humanitarian and human rights organizations, who signed a letter calling on all states to immediately stop transfers of weapons, spare parts and ammunition to Israel and Palestinian armed groups.

#StopSendingArms #CeasefireNOW

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