China is fighting the human rights criterion,” Wisotzki explains. In her view, the United States is also playing “an ambivalent role”, especially on the question of whether ammunition and small arms should be subject to UN controls.. However, Katharina Spiss from Amnesty International believes that the weapons exporting countries should have an interest in establishing effective international regulations. “We already have regulations at the regional level that control the arms trade.
The Control Arms Coalition, which includes Amnesty International, Oxfam and organizations from more than 125 countries, called on governments to agree a treaty with strong rules to ensure respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, a coalition of human rights and evangelical groups said those restrictions would gut the treaty.
A treaty that puts a stop to the needless deaths and injuries which occur every day as a result of armed violence and conflict.
“In Syria, Sudan and the Great Lakes of Africa, the world is now once again bearing witness to the horrific human cost of the reckless and overly secret arms trade. Why should millions more people be killed and lives devastated before leaders wake up and take decisive action to properly control international arms transfers?”.
Said Brian Wood, Amnesty International Arms Control and Human Rights Manager.
Since 2008, we in the EU have had the ‘common position’ which bans the transfer of weapons if this leads to human rights abuses.
“The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations are an acid test for political leaders to face up to the reality and agree rules leading to the end of irresponsible arms transfers that fuel grave abuses of human rights. A failure to deliver a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will result in many more millions of civilians being killed, injured, raped and forced to flee their homes as a direct result of the irresponsible and poorly regulated trade in arms. For decades people in every region have borne the cost of the more than USD 60 billion arms trade which also fuels armed conflict and violence, corruption and severely weakens progress on development. “We have a once in a generation opportunity to truly make the world a safer place.
That is what the world community is calling for — a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and for some very good reasons.
This isn’t just any Treaty, but one that can rein in a trade that is spiralling out of control at the moment,” said Anna Macdonald, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control Campaign. “From Congo to Libya, from Syria to Mali, all have suffered from the unregulated trade in weapons and ammunition allowing those conflicts to cause immeasurable suffering and go on far too long.
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