Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly controlled global arms trade. In July 2012 governments will come together to negotiate a global treaty to better regulate this deadly trade – and they must do so in order to save lives and livelihoods. By adding your voice in support of a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty, you demonstrate that there is widespread support for a strong and effective treaty. That’s why we are asking you to join us and SPEAK OUT to urge governments to CONTROL ARMS NOW. By speaking out, you join the global call for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty that:
- Stops transfers when there is a substantial risk that the arms or ammunition are likely to be used in serious violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law, or fuel armed violence and undermine socio-economic development.
- Holds governments accountable to existing standards of international law and the UN Charter.
- Includes all conventional arms and ammunition, all transfers and all transactions.
- Is enforceable and includes detailed guidelines for full implementation, reporting, international cooperation, compliance and accountability.