UN Arms Trade Treaty to take effect in December

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An ambitious treaty designed to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade will take effect on Dec. 24 after it was ratified Thursday by five more countries. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that more than 50 countries have now ratified the treaty, meaning it will soon take force. “Today marks a milestone,” Ban said, announcing that the Bahamas, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Senegal and Uruguay have now ratified the treaty, passed by the UN General Assembly less than two years ago. He said the treaty…

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Fifth Biennial Meeting of States on Illicit Trade in Small Arms

By Jennifer Fierberg In a Press Release by the General Assembly of the UN dated 16 June 2014, they stated: “Since 2003, Member States have gathered to consider implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, adopted in 2001.  The Programme of Action prescribes measures for controlling the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, including legislation, destruction of confiscated weapons and the strengthening of State capacity to identify and trace small arms.  The…

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Further ratifications show wide global support for Arms Trade Treaty

Urgent call from campaigners for extra push from states – especially African countries – to ratify and help treaty enter into force and save lives New York, June 3 2014: Campaigners say the Arms Trade Treaty which will control the poorly-regulated trade in weapons and ammunition is more urgent now than ever before as the death toll in conflicts across the globe mounts inexorably. It is now exactly one year since the pioneering Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for signature. Today, around 10 states including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Samoa and…

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“Africans want to lead a peaceful and progressive life” ~ An interview with Brigadier General Mujahid Alam

By: Jennifer Fierberg While in New York City at the United Nations covering the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations I had the amazing opportunity to interview Retired Pakistani Brigadier General Mujahid Alam on his role in the negotiations and how a strong Arms Trade Treaty could affect Central Africa. General Alam spent fifteen years in Central Africa and wrote a very moving piece upon his return about how his life was forever changed by his work there. He attended the negotiations as a consultant/expert with Amnesty International exclusively for the negotiations.…

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Statement from Vision GRAM regarding the Adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty-

Wednesday April 3, 2013   Today Vision GRAM celebrates the victory of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty. After a long battle, 154 states voted in favor, with 23 abstentions and 3 voting against. This is significant, as states took this RESPONSIBLE action on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world whose lives will be saved or greatly improved. We applaud the decision of the States who voted to contribute to Peace and security of the world.   Violence destroys the lives of many people, though…

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Take it or Leave it

By Jennifer Fierberg Control Arms has published their reaction to the final draft of the Arms Trade Treaty. Just before the negotiations ended earlier today the President of the committee stated “take it or leave it” and then an hour later the final draft was published. Control Arms is an organization formed to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty and has been part of the process since 2006. They have tirelessly organized, lobbied and partnered with many organizations in order to seek protection and inclusion for the innocent victims of…

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Finish the job!

By Jennifer Fierberg It has been nearly 10 days of tense negotiation at the UN in order to solidify a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will protect human lives across the world. Between legal scrubbing, lobbying, educating, connecting and making sure everyone’s needs are met there is still a large gap where the lives of millions of people remain at risk. World leaders and their delegations are getting down to the business of closing loopholes but there is still a dire need for stronger language in the area of diversions,…

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Failure is not an option

By: Jennifer Fierberg For the next two weeks numerous NGO’s, world government leaders and other groups will convene on the United Nations to negotiate the Arms Trade Treaty that failed to be reached in July 2012.This treaty has been in the making for six years. The goal of this treaty is to create a level playing field for international arms transfers by requiring all States to abide by a set of standards for transfer controls, which will ultimately benefit the safety and security of people everywhere in the world. These…

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The Loss of Innocence

By: Jennifer Fierberg The use of child soldiers in combat has gone on for centuries. Not only are boys recruited for various combat tasks girls are also forced into combat situations as cooks, sex slaves, human shields and other demeaning activities. In order to enslave a child in this way they must first be broken down physically, mentally, sexually and morally in order to be effective in their duties. The 2004 Child Soldiers global report reported one estimate put the number of children involved in armed conflict including combat roles…

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