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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.
2013 is the make or break year. This is what we want:
• 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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Campaigners from around the world joined together in Berlin to call on governments to take action on ATT implementation, ahead of the next round of informal consultations on the Treatytaking place there this week.
The majority of campaigners held iconic green “Ampelmännchen” traffic signs to signify how too many irresponsible arms deals have been given the green light for too long. One campaigner stood alone to stop the others, holding a red sign symbolizing that it’s time to stop arms deals that cause untold death and destruction.
The action reinforces Control Arms’ call to governments that they have a “#chance2change” the arms trade if they implement the ATT strongly and effectively. On 27 and 28 November, upto 100 governments that have signed or ratified the Treaty will gather in Berlin to discuss the technical details of implementation.
Decisions must be made about the treaty’s future rules of procedure, financing mechanisms for the treaty, and the location, structure and remit of the ATT Secretariat. It is also a chance to plan for the treaty’s first Conference of States Parties (CSP), the annual fora where states will meet to assess progress on implementation. It is the second round of preparatory meetings for the CSP following a meeting in Mexico City held in September.
Control Arms campaigners will participate at this meeting and deliver several interventions on key areas of the agenda. The conference comes at a crucial time as the Treaty will become international law in less than a month on 24 December. Governments have a real chance to change the arms trade and prevent the flood of weapons that causes so much suffering.
On 25 Septembet 2014, Ambassador Norachit Sinhaseni, Thailand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations signed the Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of his country. Thailand participated throughout negotiations and their signature on the landmark treaty represents one of six from the Asia region. Japan is the only country from the region so far to ratify the ATT.
Thailand said that they “place strong importance on the role of international standards and practices to effectively prevent [the] illicit trade in arms, and irresponsible arms use” and that the ATT should be the primary tool use to accomplish this.
The Arms Trade Treaty is set to enter into force and become international law on 24 December 2014. To date, 123 governments of signed.
Lebanon has become the 122nd State to sign the Arms Trade Treaty. Their signature could provide further impetus for additional engagement on the ATT from other States from within the Middle East region.
Fadi Abi Alam, Executive Director of the Permanent Peace Movement in Beruit said, that Lebanon’s action “is an amazing step that has taken by the Lebanese Government. In such a situation where terrorism is hitting Lebanon by arms that are clearly out of any control, signing such a treaty is an action of peace building and additional proof that the Lebanese are lovers of peace.
Additionally, the ATT, saw the number of ratifying countries rise to 54 as Guinea became the latest to join the landmark treaty. Guinea is the sixth State from the Economic Community of West African States to ratify the ATT.
The Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force and become international law on 24 December, 2014. On this date, States will no longer be able to sign the Treaty and will have to accede to officially become State Parties.