Human Rights and the Arms Trade
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Campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty
War crimes, unlawful killings, torture and other serious human rights abuses have been committed around the world using a wide range of weapons, munitions and military and security equipment. These are often provided to perpetrators in almost unlimited supply, encouraging and prolonging unlawful violence. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, injured, raped and forced to flee from their homes as a result. Global society has no treaty to ensure the strict control of the international trade in conventional arms, while governments license irresponsible arms flows to fuel human atrocities and abuse.
States must stop allowing irresponsible transfers of arms and be made accountable to the international community. That is why since the 1990s Amnesty International has been campaigning for a global treaty to set rules for the strict regulation of the international arms trade.
Now an international Arms Trade Treaty is finally within reach. Right now, March 18-28, world leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York for the final negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty to control the global trade in conventional weapons.
Amnesty International believes it is crucial that the treaty includes:
- Strong rules that protect human rights, preventing arms from being sent to those who would most likely use them to seriously violate these rights;
- A comprehensive control list that includes all types of weapons, munitions and other arms;
- Clear rules to apply and monitor the Treaty with reporting to ensure they are enforced.
Our message is simple – if there is a substantial risk that arms exported to another country will contribute to serious human rights abuses, those arms supplies must be stopped.
No more arms for atrocities or abuses!
Photo: Amnesty International
Former child soldier and rapper Emmanuel Jal talks about his experience in South Sudan and why he supports Amnesty International's work to pass a strong Arms Trade Treaty. (Video)