The People’s Arms Trade Treaty must be bullet-proof
Every minute, one person dies as a result of armed violence. Thousands more each day are injured, raped, brutally repressed, traumatised or forced to flee their homes. At the end of 2008, 26 million people were internally displaced due to armed conflict. Families are torn apart and millions of men, women and children live in fear.
Governments must stamp out the irresponsible arms trade
Weapons are the only products specifically designed to kill and injure. Treaties regulate global trade of many products, even bananas and dinosaur bones, but not guns and bullets.
Through the efforts of the Control Arms campaign, governments are finally starting negotiations in July 2010. Now is the time to show Governments what kind of treaty people need.
A bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty must:
- stop arms getting into the hands of those likely to commit war crimes, grave human rights abuses, terrorist attacks, or use arms to exacerbate armed violence and crime, gender-based violence and poverty.
- control all arms and ammunition and their parts, and all those involved in their export and import.
- must end the secrecy and corruption in the global arms trade.
- must be enforced and policed, and hold governments to account
Sign up to the People’s Arms Trade Treaty to show your government the key provisions we need – and expect – in the Treaty at http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/demand-bullet-proof-arms-trade-treaty