Tagged: Arms Trade Treaty
New York: Today’s announcement by the USA of support for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was welcomed by Oxfam International and Amnesty International, warning that Washington’s support comes at a very high price. Giving any Member State veto power would weaken not strengthen future Treaty.
The US government’s plans to give every State a veto over a crucial arms trade treaty must be rejected by the British government as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband are set to meet.
Since 2006 UN diplomats have been discussing the need for an Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile 2.1 million people have died as a result of armed violence. The UN needs to start negotiations on a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty immediately.
As the world’s governments prepare for a crucial vote at the United Nations on the future of an Arms Trade Treaty, the Control Arms campaign urged all states to back the resolution on the ATT.
Today [Tuesday, 21 October]] Archbishop Desmond Tutu sent a strong message to every UN member state, calling on them to ‘end the slaughter’ arising from the uncontrolled arms trade, by giving their backing to a global Arms Trade Treaty.
Tomorrow [Monday 20th October] the UN will receive the demands of over 2000 world leaders from 124 countries for urgent progress towards negotiation of an effective international Arms Trade Treaty to help save lives and prevent grave human rights abuse.
2,000 people die each day from armed violence. Join in the call for ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty.