Artists demand an Arms Trade Treaty

International artists including Kristin Davis, Keira Knightley, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Coldplay, Tim Roth, Annie Lennox and Kevin Spacey have joined forces to demand governments take immediate action to help improve regulation of the international arms trade. The stars combined to send a joint letter to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations urging […]

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Campaigners call for a bulletproof treaty

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Talks on the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty will begin in just a few days time. All 193 world governments will meet in New York on Monday July 2nd for a month long negotiating conference to agree on global, legally binding regulations on international sales of arms. The treaty aims to prevent irresponsible arms transfers […]

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Australians tell the Government “Bring us home a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty!”

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It’s now just 5 days to go until negotiations begin in New York for the first ever legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, to prevent arms exports from ending up in the wrong hands. Today Oxfam Australia’s Government Relations Advisor Reece Kinnane and Oxfam supporter and volunteer Melissa Gillies joined Amnesty International, Act for Peace and […]

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Tweet the world’s biggest arms exporters to support the Arms Trade Treaty!

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Join the Global Tweet-a-thon for the ATT! Supporters of a robust ATT will target the Twitter accounts of the US State department and Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for one hour each day, with key messages on why they too must support the treaty.

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Countdown to an Arms Trade Treaty

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As part of “100 Days of Speaking Out!”, a countdown to the arms trade treaty negotiations, the Control Arms campaign is regularly featuring stories and profiles of different people who support a bulletproof ATT.

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The state of play of the #ArmsTreaty negotiations

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In the lead-up to July’s Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, several key issues are at play. This blog post provides an overview of the treaty’s scope and implementation, as well as the potential outcome of the negotiations.

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Setting the scene for the #Armstreaty negotiations in July

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With negotiations for the long-awaited Arms Trade Treaty taking place in July, this blog post sets the scene and outlines what preparations and progress have been made so far.

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Arms Trade Treaty: Let’s finish what we started

By Kate Hughes, Oxfam Great Britain Global Campaigner – Conflict and Humanitarian I was 10 when I joined my first protest. Since then I have been campaigning against poverty and war, and for human rights and dignity. I have been part of a human chain to cancel poor countries’ debt, I have run for Congo, […]

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Speak out: control arms now!

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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 […]

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What the Arms Trade Treaty means for me: John ToGuata

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As the negotiations over the Arms Trade Treaty continue, we speak to another of the Pacific representatives – John ToGuata from Papua New Guinea – to find out what an effective ATT would mean to him.

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What the Arms Trade Treaty means for me: Ema Tagicakibau

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With the Third Session of the Arms Trade Treaty PrepCom well underway, we talk to representatives from the Pacific region. Ema Tagicakibau from Fiji gives us her thoughts on progress so far.

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Exploring how to apply development in the Arms Treaty

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The latest roundtable meeting finds that the Arms Trade Treaty needs to have a strong basis in development in order to be successful in preventing the conditions that have given rise to the need for such a treaty.

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Armstreaty 2011 – it’s a wrap

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The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations have come to a close (for now). Ben Murphy gives us a rundown on what has been achieved, and where to from here.

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Ammunition in the Arms trade Treaty: Is it possible?

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Since I’ve been working on the Control Arms campaign with Oxfam Australia, I’ve been particularly interested in the issue of ammunition, and how it should be addressed within an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Armstreaty negotiations get going like a Rolling Stone

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With talks currently underway in New York City, the Chair of the Arms Trade Treaty Roberto Moritan may have already set the scene for these important negotiations. He has warned delegates that the Rolling Stones might have something to teach everyone about expectations when they sing “I can’t get no satisfaction”.

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How can the Arms Treaty support development?

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In 2007-8 the infant mortality rate dropped in Brazil saving 1,700 babies from early death compared to the year before. The same year 14,000 young Brazilians between 14 and 19 years old were killed as a result of armed violence. This brutal trend is essentially shooting down Brazil’s hard won development achievements, and begs the question – development for what?

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Time to get serious about the Arms Trade Treaty

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by Ben Murphy, Humanitarian Advocacy Officer, Oxfam Australia. Ben will be blogging and tweeting (@Ben_Murphy83) from insude the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference all next week. Once again, I’m joining a group of campaigners from around the world for a one-week session of the negotiations towards an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN in […]

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How illicit arms brokers can slip through gaps

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Oxfam International has produced a new report, Brokers without Borders: How illicit arms brokers can slip through gaps in the Pacific and international arms control system to examine the problem of illicit arms brokering.

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The Pacific’s loud voice at the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations

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Whilst the Pacific has escaped the ‘AK-47’ plague that has caused suffering and disaster in other parts of the world, the region has certainly not been free from the scourge of gun violence and conflict.

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Day 2 of the Arms Trade Treaty talks

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Summary of Day 2 of the Arms Trade Treaty talks in New York

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Day 1: negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty

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Overview of Day 1 of the Preparatory Committee for Negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty in New York

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Bulletproof arms trade treaty needed to stop abuses

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For too long, a largely unregulated arms trade has thrived on non-transparency and legal loopholes. This has created situations where corruption, impunity, diversion/theft, and unaccountability are able to run rife in many parts of the world.

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