Imports and exports of weapons have grown over the past two decades and show no signs of slowing down in the near future, according to data released by a swedish non-profit this week. First conference of the states parties to the arms trade treaty, cancun, mexico, 24-27 august 2015 statement delivered by peter maurer, president of the icrc, as a video address at the conference. The arms trade treaty-baseline assessment project (att-bap) helps states identify the requirements necessary to effectively implement the att. Arms trade may refer to: the global markets for any product of the arms industry small arms trade illegal arms trade (arms trafficking) see also arms trade treaty. The arms trade treaty (att) establishes a control system regulating the export of munitions and ammunition for arms and their parts and components. Ai index: pol 34/004/2007 amnesty international october 2007 a global arms trade treaty: what states want introduction the att is simply the right thing to do at this time, and it is in the best interest.
The united nations, in its work to assist people all over the world, is confronted every day with the negative impact of lax controls on the arms trade in all parts of the world, the ready availability of weapons and ammunition has led to human suffering, political repression, crime and terror. The arms trade treaty is a powerful tool in helping prevent weapons transfers to government security forces where there is a likelihood that they will be used to seriously violate international human rights and humanitarian law. The international arms trade is booming, with america the major driver of its growth, according to a new report from the stockholm international peace research institute (sipri. All the latest breaking news on arms trade browse the independent's complete collection of articles and commentary on arms trade.
The small arms trade: a beginner's guide (beginner's guides) [matthew schroeder, rachel stohl, colonel dan smith] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this enlightening guide reveals the disturbing reality within the murky underworld of international arms trading. The arms trade treaty (att) is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons it entered into force on 24 december 2014 ninety-four states have ratified the treaty, and a further 41 states have signed but not ratified it. To the senate of the united states: with a view to receiving the advice and consent of the senate to ratification, subject to certain declarations and understandings set forth in the enclosed report, i transmit herewith the arms trade treaty, done at new york on april 2, 2013, and signed by the.
Contact: daryl g kimball, executive director, (202) 463-8270 x107 updated: january 2016 summary the arms trade treaty (att) establishes common standards for the international trade of conventional weapons and seeks to reduce the illicit arms trade. The dangers and benefits of arms trading affect all parts of the world this book examines the fundamental questions surrounding the arms trade today what is the arms trade is the arms trade legal what are weapons of mass destruction are there benefits from the arms trade will the arms. Beyond restricting arms sales, the un arms trade treaty (att) can generate positive indirect impacts such as poverty reduction, improved health care and educational opportunities.
1 historical context the arms trade treaty is the first legally-binding instrument ever negotiated in the united nations to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons. Stockholm peace institute says weapons sales have soared in the past five years, especially to asia and the middle east. Gun violence has plagued latin america since the early days of the colonial era in june, archaeologists excavating an old inca cemetery near lima found a skull marred by a pair of small, round holes evidence of the oldest gunshot victim in the americas yet discovered.
Middle east almost doubles weapons imports, as us and europe remain the main suppliers and china joins top-tier exporters. United nations the united nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly on tuesday to approve a pioneering treaty aimed at regulating the enormous global trade in conventional weapons, for the first time linking sales to the human rights records of the buyers although. The stockholm international peace research institute (sipri) released its latest data on the international arms trade on monday 12th march the data show a continuing growth in the global trade in major conventional weapons, with the volume of transfers from 2013-2017 being 10% higher. When it comes to international agreements that may seem harmless until you read the fine print the att has numerous flaws start with the most obvious: the fact that it won't do what it sets out to do -- regulate the flow of arms to and from rogue states. Illicit trafficking the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons occurs in all parts of the globe but is concentrated in areas afflicted by armed conflict, violence, and organized crime, where the demand for illicit weapons is often highest. The forum on the arms trade is a network of civil society experts and a point of contact for strengthening public efforts to address the humanitarian, economic and other implications of arms transfers, security assistance, and weapons use.