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Amnesty: Shipowners empower weapons transportation control

The Danish Shipowners’ Association has reversed its position on control of weapons transportation and is now throwing its support behind the proposed global regulations. As a consequence, Amnesty International’s demands of greater global control with weapons transportation are strengthened. If the new regulations are not adopted, Amnesty hopes to introduce a code of conduct for the shipping companies.

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Added strength. That is what Amnesty International can bring to the negotiating table following the Sunday announcement from The Danish Shipowners’ Association, which revealed that the association will, as opposed to their previously, participate in putting pressure on politicians regarding weapons transportation.

“It is a very positive development that The Danish Shipowners’ Association has changed its position and made clear that they do not just want to be taxi drivers who are not allowed to address the customer. It is a really important signal for us right now, now that the negotiations are starting and we can tell shipping companies of other countries that our national association of shipowners supports political control,” says Dan Hindsgaul, international adviser for Amnesty International.   

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