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We can win an international Arms Trade Treaty.
After over 10 years of campaigning we are at the edge of making history. Join the Control Arms campaign and keep up the pressure on governments to agree a bullet proof arms trade treaty.
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• no arms that contribute to human rights abuses
• no arms that contribute to war crimes
• no arms that keep people in poverty
• yes for global regulation of the arms trade
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The issue of transparency and whether States should make their annual reports about arms transfers public has been dominating the first Conference of States Parties.
The arms trade is currently shrouded in secrecy, which means weapons are too easily falling into the hands of those who abuse human rights abuse and diverted into the hands of criminal gangs. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, States Parties will be expected to submit annual reports about all arms imports and exports.
Control Arms campaigners highlighted their call for those reports to be made public by staging a campaign action outside the Moon Palace Convention Centre, where CSP2015 is taking place.
Diplomats from states including the UK, U.S, Norway, Costa Rica, New Zealand and many others joined the campaigners and showed their support for full and public reporting.
Roy Isbister of Saferworld said: “The issue of how open and detailed reporting will be is critical to the success of the Treaty. States have been unaccountable for too long.”
Today the Control Arms Secretariat launched a new monitoring project, the ATT Monitor, which aims to track the implementation and impact of the ATT through independent research and analysis.
The issue of how transparent States’ reports on arms transfers should be under the ATT is being hotly debated during the first Conference of States Parties, currently taking place in Cancun. Several European states are keen to limit the extent to which reports on transfers are made public.
Deep Basu Ray, ATT Monitor Co-ordinator, said: “How the treaty is interpreted and applied in its earliest years will be vital to its long-term effectiveness and we believe the ATT Monitor will provide useful information for both states and NGOs.
Issues addressed in the first report of the ATT Monitor released include analysis of circumstances in which a transfer should be denied and the risk assessment states must undertake before authorising exports.
The governments of Australia, Norway, Mexico, Austria, The Netherlands and Trinidad and Tobago co-sponsored the Launch event.
Governments highlighted the crucial role that the ATT Monitor will play in securing reporting and transparency of the Arms Trade Treaty. They also paid tribute to the work of Control Arms Coalition in the adoption and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.
Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco noted “The Arms Treaty Monitor is a testimony to the important contribution of Civil Society Organisations & Control Arms in particular”
You can check out the ATT Monitor here : http://Armstreatymonitor.org
Day 1 of the CSP kicked off with a common message: we need strong implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to save lives.
Control Arms campaigners woke up early to unveil a tank sculpted from sand, with a strong message to governments: Save lives and stop dodgy arms deals
The campaign action drew attention to Control Arms’ message to implement a strong Arms Trade Treaty to save lives.
The CSP formally began with an Opening Session, where Control Arms was represented by survivor and advocate Alex Galvez, who told the conference of his own story of being shot during an armed robbery aged just 14:
“When I was shot I thought I was going to die. And I wanted to die, because in Guatemala there aren’t many chances for disabled people as a result of wound firearms. My life experience is just one story amidst millions, that provides an example of what happens when the arms trade is out of control. We must stop this.”
The “save lives” message was also echoed by Governments throughout the High Level opening session. The majority of States also paid tribute to the role of civil society, in securing the ATT, and working toward its implementation and universalization. .
Reporting and transparency were also flagged as important issues for strong ATT implementation by some States and will be a feature of discussions over the next few days at CSP 2015.
Tomorrow thematic discussions begin on Rules of Procedure, Financing, ATT Secretariat and Reporting. We wait in hope that today’s positive words turn into constructive action tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more updates from Control Arms from CSP 2015.