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Amnesty International urges Geneva not to buy 'expanding' ammunition

National News // June 12, 2017

Geneva left wing parties and Amnesty International are both calling for the law on the use of expanding bullets by the police to be clarified.

Keitsist Amnesty International urges Geneva not to buy 'expanding' ammunition

The bullets are designed to open when they hit a body – causing much more damage and more likely to lead to death.

The issue has come up as the cantonal government debates the purchase of new assault rifles for the police.

The use of expanding ammunition is banned in wartime – but during peace, the issue is unclear.

A spokeswoman for Amnesty International says the ammunition should not be used at all – but especially in Switzerland which is the depository country for the Geneva Conventions. 

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