U.S. Arms Deal May Have High Humanitarian Costs

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On 20 May the US signed a deal to sell $110 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, including precision-guided airdropped bombs and missiles.These weapons were blocked from sale last year by the Obama administration because of fears that they would be used to kill and injure more civilians in Yemen, where a Saudi-led military coalition has been waging a brutal war for more than two years.

Arms control and a to-do list for people and the planet

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The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the two landmark international agreements of recent years, and last week governments agreed to gather in Geneva later this year to discuss how to link the two to achieve the greatest possible success.

Reducing Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities

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Armed violence within pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya has been on the rise as the region grapples with drought and food scarcity. A recent report published by Control Arms and Pace University, provides recommendations to curb the availability of small arms and light weapons which have helped in exacerbating these attacks.

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U.S. Arms Deal May Have High Humanitarian Costs...

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States Parties discuss practical steps forward in ATT process...

Two sets of meetings took place in Geneva, Switzerland in early February, aimed at bringing the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) […]... Read more »

ATT workshop in Southeast Asia facilitates information and best practi...

Nonviolence International Southeast Asia and the Royal Thai Police Foreign Affairs Division recently co-organized an Arms Trade Treaty works... Read more »

East and Horn of African NGOs strategize the Treaty’s universali...

  Over 30 civil society representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan participated on 9 [&hell... Read more »

The second ATT Academy training discusses application of ATT in East A...

Engaging discussions on the practical application of the Arms Trade Treaty characterized the second ATT Academy training,which took place in... Read more »

The Newest ATT Ratification Comes from Asia...

The Republic of Korea became the 91st States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty,after depositing its ATT ratification instrument at […]... Read more »

ATT Universalization discussed by East African military officers...

Over 35 senior military officers from SADC and East African Community regions attended an in depth session on “The Universalization [&hell... Read more »

Renewed Activites on ATT at UN First Committee...

Collapsed buildings and destroyed cities, people fleeing their countries and most tragically the faces of frightened children from Syria, Ye... Read more »

Wildlife Crime and Arms Control...

Control Arms and Zambia hosted an informal lunch at First Committee to discuss new research and present a paper on […]... Read more »

Bombs, Starvation and War: The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen...

“Do you have to be killed in an airstrike to count?” This is the despairing lament of a Yemeni doctor […]... Read more »

First Committee Meeting Underway in New York...

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News »

U.S. Arms Deal May Have High Humanitarian Costs

On 20 May the US signed a deal to sell $110 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, including precision-guided […]

Read more »

Arms control and a to-do list for people and the planet

Hospitals bombed. Schools used as military bases. Livelihoods in tatters and economies in ruins. Vital resources that could be spent […]

Read more »

Reducing Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities

Armed violence within pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya has been on the rise as the region grapples with drought and […]

Read more »

Honduras becomes the 10th Latin American State Party to the ATT

  On 1 March 2017, Honduras deposited its instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty, becoming the 10th Latin […]

Read more »

States Parties discuss practical steps forward in ATT process

Two sets of meetings took place in Geneva, Switzerland in early February, aimed at bringing the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) […]

Read more »

ATT workshop in Southeast Asia facilitates information and best practices exchange

Nonviolence International Southeast Asia and the Royal Thai Police Foreign Affairs Division recently co-organized an Arms Trade Treaty workshop in […]

Read more »

East and Horn of African NGOs strategize the Treaty’s universalization 

  Over 30 civil society representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan participated on 9 […]

Read more »

The second ATT Academy training discusses application of ATT in East Africa 

Engaging discussions on the practical application of the Arms Trade Treaty characterized the second ATT Academy training,which took place in […]

Read more »

The Newest ATT Ratification Comes from Asia

The Republic of Korea became the 91st States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty,after depositing its ATT ratification instrument at […]

Read more »

ATT Universalization discussed by East African military officers

Over 35 senior military officers from SADC and East African Community regions attended an in depth session on “The Universalization […]

Read more »

Renewed Activites on ATT at UN First Committee

Collapsed buildings and destroyed cities, people fleeing their countries and most tragically the faces of frightened children from Syria, Yemen […]

Read more »

Wildlife Crime and Arms Control

Control Arms and Zambia hosted an informal lunch at First Committee to discuss new research and present a paper on […]

Read more »

Bombs, Starvation and War: The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

“Do you have to be killed in an airstrike to count?” This is the despairing lament of a Yemeni doctor […]

Read more »

First Committee Meeting Underway in New York

Over 140 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured on Saturday, 4 October, after a Saudi-led coalition […]

Read more »

Debate continues on arms transfers to Saudi Arabia

On Wednesday the US senate considered a vote to stop new arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the efforts by […]

Read more »

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