The final negotiations are coming soon! In July the United Nations will serve as a framework to negotiate a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It could be a milestone to prevent the global illegal trade in arms. Sure, the question is what can be considered legal or illegal. However, every gun, bullet, tank or whatever that won’t get into the wrong hands is worth the effort.
In a few other blogposts (here and here) I wrote about some examples that illustrate why an Arms Trade Treaty is needed. Yet I’d also like to share this video because it’s a very personal story and it shows that an ATT could stop destroying families all over the world.
Please sign this petition by Oxfam. It calls for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty.
A few days ago Amnesty International has published an impressive video that calls for the signing of a global and legally binding arms trade treaty. The video emphasizes that there are just few nations that are by far the biggest arms traders – for example the United States, Russia and Germany.
In July the United Nations will serve as a framework to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Oxfam International has compiled a list with lots of information on Why We need a Global Arms Trade Treaty (I wrote about the importance of an ATT in two earlier blogposts: here and here).
In my opinion, more people should know about the ATT negotiations in order to put pressure on the governments and on the delegates that will take part in the conference in July. In an ideal world there would be no weapons. This may be a utopia but we should all agree on the common denominator that weapons and bullets mustn’t be delivered to crisis regions where weapons end up in the hands of criminals, rebel groups, repressive “security” forces and so on.
If you’d like to get updates regarding the ATT you can check the ATT Monitor Blog or @controlarms on Twitter. But – thankfully – there are quite a few other organizations that are supporting the adoption of an arms trade treaty.