Grenada deposited the ratification instrument for the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations on October 22, becoming the eighth country to have done so.

Grenada signed the ATT on June 3rd. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business, Hon. Nickolas Steele was the sixth Minister to sign the Treaty, that day. Upon signing the ATT, Minister Steele, highlighted the importance of this Treaty for Grenada and the Caribbean area as a whole, saying that it “will save many of the innocent lives, which before today, have been lost as a result of the poorly regulated international arms trade”. He added it is his belief that, this Treaty marks a turning point of in the way conflicts will be resolved and mitigated.

Folade Mutota, one of the founders of the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) and member of the Caribbean Coalition for Development & Reduction of Armed Violence stated:

“CDRAV welcomes Grenada’s ratification of the ATT. Grenada has yet again demonstrated its commitment to protecting people all over the world from human rights abuses; and humanitarian crises. Grenada now stands proudly among the global champions, including Trinidad and Tobago; Guyana; and Antigua and Barbuda that will facilitate the ATT’s entry into force. CDRAV urges Grenada, and all other CARICOM Member States, to advance its planning for treaty implementation.”

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is now the regional organization with the highest number of ATT signatory states. In fact, Haiti is the only non-signatory of its member states. Additionally, four countries from this region have ratified the Treaty already: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

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