Arms Trade Treaty negotiations stalled, but campaign achieves gains in global standard against arms transfers to human rights abusers

Following the inconclusive end to the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations today, I drafted a statement with Thomas Nash, director of Article 36, and former head of the civil society coalition that successfully called for a ban on cluster bombs. We said:

  • The Diplomatic Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty came very close today to adopting the first legally binding instrument to control the international trade in arms, but a handful of countries cynically prevented this, taking advantage of a flawed consensus process.
  • However, the civil society campaign and progressive states have achieved major gains in the acceptance of a global standard to prevent arms transfers to human rights abusers and the Arms Trade Treaty remains in reach this year.

For the full statement, click here.

~ by Matthew Bolton on 27 July 2012.

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