Sheffield campaigners welcome arms sales vow

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human rights campaigners in Sheffield calling for restrictions on arms sales had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to press their case.

A delegation from Amnesty International and Oxfam’s Sheffield groups said they were reassured by the Sheffield Hallam MP’s ‘commitment to deliver a strong, bulletproof arms trade treaty’.

The commitment came as the UK government heads to the United Nations for final negotiations for a historic new international arms trade agreement next month.

The meeting took place at the Liberal Democrat’s constituency office in Nether Green, with four members of the Sheffield Amnesty group and a member of Oxfam Sheffield.

Mr Clegg told them: “The UK must lead the way in securing a robust human rights-centred arms trade treaty.

“This includes supporting a legally-binding, robust treaty that covers a full scope of weapons, including policing equipment, ammunition, sporting rifles and more.

“Every day 1,500 people die as a result of armed violence and conflict, and this doesn’t need to happen. This is our chance to fix this devastating statistic, and I am determined to ensure this happens.”

The arms trade treaty negotiation will monitor and scrutinise the movement of arms across borders.

Alex Jagger, of Amnesty Sheffield, said: “We are delighted to hear Mr Clegg’s promise and we hope he keeps to his word in preparing the UK delegation for the New York conference. “