We have an Arms Trade Treaty!

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After weeks of intense negotiations at the UN Conference, including a bitter roadblock put up by Iran, Syria and North Korea, a final treaty was adopted! The treaty prohibits arms transfers that would be used to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. We are now closer than ever to the golden rule we’ve been advocating for more than ten years: Governments must prevent arms transfers where there is a substantial risk that they will be used to commit serious violations of human rights.”

More importantly, we’re closer than ever to winning the fight that’s been 20 years in the making! While this is a big win, there is still a lot of work to do. The treaty is adopted but “asleep” – it needs to be signed and ratified by 50 countries before it will enter into force. Amnesty International USA will demand that the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress take this important stand for human rights by signing and then ratifying this landmark treaty.

As you can imagine, powerful special interests like the NRA Lobby are already mobilizing to undermine our efforts to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty in the United States. So it’s critical that we see this through.

When the treaty opens for signatures by member states on June 3, we want President Obama to be the first in line. Stay tuned for our more our continued fight. We won’t stop until families worldwide are protected from armed violence.

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13 thoughts on “We have an Arms Trade Treaty!

  1. You have surrendered power to foreign entities who are not interested in your rhetoric. You have set precedence to abolish constitutional rights of any kind. You have just created a billion dollar criminal market that will be used to fund political agendas for organized crime to enter deeper into government. You have paved the way for dictatorships to flourish and oppress people world wide. It was always an international crime to acquire or transfer arms in situations of genocide and wars or armed conquest. Sadly a libtard moron element once again allowed themselves to be used and exploited in furtherance of an international criminal element. The treaty was merely a ploy.

  2. Amnesty international serves a noble cause in general. Now they are serving communism which oppresses people. I don't understand why.

  3. Much like stricter gun legislation in the US, it won't solve anything. About all it'll do is make a few people feel good about themselves for "making a difference" when they've really done nothing of the sort. Sad to say, but it's the truth.

    But if it helps you sleep at night, congrats. I guess.

    • This is not about being able to sleep at night. While it is true that this treaty alone won't solve the problem , it is a step in the right direction. I applaud all those who have put their relentless effort in to this issue!! It is easy to sit there and be cynical … Maybe you need to step outside of your comfy home and witnes what genocide does to humanity all around the world…

  4. @Some Guy – The Arms Trade Treaty does not affect gun legislation in the US. This is about limiting arms transfers to regimes that commit terrible human rights abuses.

    • It would affect gun legislation in the US. In the short term this may help with the regimes, but more than likely not. In the long run this is going to be devastating to human rights.

  5. It's amazing what amnesty has managed to do so far am proud to say I took part in this fight.lets keep up the good work

  6. Bravo for campaigning through the long, hard struggle to make human beings more humane. Those who are quick to deny your efforts and noble aims haven't the ethics or the courage to work for a bettter world.

  7. Arms Trade treaty opposed by N. Korea, Iran and Syria – anyone want to join those three?

    This is a discussion of the US 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban and possible determining factors of its effectiveness: http://thinkprogress.org/gun-debate-guide/?mobile
    There are apparently no federal statistics on weapons used in crimes, only state by state.

  8. I am very happy to hear that the treaty has been adopted and I hope to see it signed and ratified as soon as possible. Far too many people often in poorer developing countries die as a result of sales of arms mostly coming from the two biggest arms dealers in the world – the USA and the UK. We are talking about completely innocent men, women and children dying for no good reason. So I congratulate you A.I. for your efforts in seeing this arms treaty adopted and I hope it will reduce the number of unnecessary deaths. I disagree with Bonaparte as I think that the USA in signing this treaty will be setting an example to other countries. How can we possibly expect other poorer countries to control arms sales if two of the richest countries in the world dont accept that responsibility?


  10. Great news, Amnesty International!!! Yes, there's still loads of work ahead…but at least we've started. Nothing does more harm than inertia or indifference.

  11. Finally people who get it: firearms lead to more violence and more deaths. They shouldn't be easy to get and not anyone should have one!

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