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U.S. Arms Deal May Have High Humanitarian Costs
May 23, 2017

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 t [...]

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Arms control and a to-do list for people and the planet
Apr 10, 2017

Hospitals bombed. Schools used as military bases. Livelihoods in tatters and economies in ruins. Vital resources that could be spent on life-saving services wasted on an endless cycle of armed violence. The proliferation of arms and ammunition drastically under [...]

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Reducing Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities
Mar 22, 2017

Armed violence within pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya has been on the rise as the region grapples with drought and food scarcity. The most recent attack left almost a dozen people dead after cattle herders using assault weapons targeted ranches in the [...]

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Honduras becomes the 10th Latin American State Party to the ATT
Mar 3, 2017

 

On 1 March 2017, Honduras deposited its instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty, becoming the 10th Latin American State Party to the Treaty.

Honduras, due in part to its strategic position as transit state in the drug trade cou [...]

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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) process forward and to begin preparations for the third Conference of States Parties (CSP 2017). The first Working Group Meetings, held on 05 [...]

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ATT workshop in Southeast Asia facilitates information and best practices exchange
Dec 10, 2016

Nonviolence International Southeast Asia and the Royal Thai Police Foreign Affairs Division recently co-organized an Arms Trade Treaty workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, with funding support from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The meeting, which too [...]

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East and Horn of African NGOs strategize the Treaty’s universalization 
Dec 9, 2016

 

Over 30 civil society representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan participated on 9 December 2016 in an intensive one-day strategic planning workshop aimed to advance the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in the Ea [...]

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The second ATT Academy training discusses application of ATT in East Africa 
Dec 8, 2016

Engaging discussions on the practical application of the Arms Trade Treaty characterized the second ATT Academy training,which took place in Nakuru,Kenya on 5-8 December 2016. Organized by Control Arms and Pace University, with funding from UNSCAR, the ATT Acad [...]

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The Newest ATT Ratification Comes from Asia
Nov 30, 2016

The Republic of Korea became the 91st States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty,after depositing its ATT ratification instrument at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 November 2016. The Treaty will enter into force for the Republic of Korea on 26 Feb [...]

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ATT Universalization discussed by East African military officers
Nov 20, 2016

Over 35 senior military officers from SADC and East African Community regions attended an in depth session on “The Universalization of the Arms Trade Treaty” hosted by Dr. Peter B. Mcomalla, peace and security expert and Executive Director of Human Rights, Educ [...]

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Renewed Activites on ATT at UN First Committee
Nov 4, 2016

Collapsed buildings and destroyed cities, people fleeing their countries and most tragically the faces of frightened children from Syria, Yemen or South Sudan has become the norm on TV and social media.  That is why this year, Control Arms has attempted to shif [...]

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Wildlife Crime and Arms Control
Oct 24, 2016

Control Arms and Zambia hosted an informal lunch at First Committee to discuss new research and present a paper on how the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) offers opportunities to the address the violent nexus between wildlife crime and illicit arms trafficking. The rep [...]

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Bombs, Starvation and War: The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Oct 21, 2016

“Do you have to be killed in an airstrike to count?”

This is the despairing lament of a Yemeni doctor after seeing yet another child die from starvation, shown in the BBC film “Starving Yemen”. The powerful documentary was screened at a well- [...]

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First Committee Meeting Underway in New York
Oct 13, 2016

Over 140 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured on Saturday, 4 October, after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike targeted a funeral in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. This attack was especially tragic, but it was only the latest incident in a long-ru [...]

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Debate continues on arms transfers to Saudi Arabia
Sep 22, 2016

On Wednesday the US senate considered a vote to stop new arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the efforts by a bipartisan group of four Senators to introduce Senate Joint Resolution 39 to block a $1.15 million sale of tanks and other equipment to the [...]

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