15165943079_2b224d600f_k September 26

The countdown to a new reality

Written by Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Yesterday, eight more states ratified the Arms Trade Treaty, triggering the 90-countdown to entry into force. Here, Anna Macdonald, director of Control Arms, reflects on what reaching this landmark moment actually means.   The countdown has now started. We have just 89 days to go now before the Arms Trade […]

7389931756_7cd36f835c_z September 02

Ka Pai New Zealand: world’s latest to join Race To 50

Written by Luke Roughton, Oxfam New Zealand Today New Zealand became the 45th country to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international, legally binding agreement to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons. This ratification is especially significant as it makes New Zealand one of the first 50 countries to ratify, after which the ATT […]

#RaceTo50 in Cambodia July 23

Tao Tao! Together Together! People People!

Written by Zoya Craig, Control Arms Siem Reap, Cambodia Participants from 12 countries, the UN, and civil society trickled into the room in the morning, most suffering from some jet lag after long journeys to Siem Reap, but all were ready to discuss the ATT and how to promote signatures and ratifications in the Asia […]

Members of Control Arms and the Pacific Small Arms Action Group July 23

Activism is alive and flourishing in the South Pacific

Written by Allison Pytlak, Control Arms I recently had the opportunity travel to Fiji for a meeting of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG), the regional body that has been leading the charge on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) advocacy for the last several years. With 19 members and connections in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, […]

Photo credit: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office June 13

One practical way to help End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director, Control Arms The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said he wanted the global summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit to be a “summit like no other”. There are certainly a few ways it’s been different. As someone who attends a great deal of conferences it’s been refreshing to see […]

14153885620_94e83d96cf_z June 03

Australia ratifies historic Arms Trade Treaty – ensuring it makes a difference

Written by Ben Murphy, Oxfam Australia Today the Australian government joined seven other governments in formally ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an historic international agreement to keep arms out of the hands of human rights abusers and oppressive governments around the world. To think that just over a year after being adopted, 118 countries (well over […]

Japan's permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament Ambassador Mari Amano signs the Arms Trade Treaty during a ceremony at United Nations headquarters in New York, June 3, 2013. May 09

ATT should not be used as a legitimization to weaken national policies on arms transfers: Japan’s ratification and its abandonment of the ban on arms exports

Written by Midori Natsuki, Oxfam Japan On 9 May 2014, Japan ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). But alongside its ratification of the ATT, Japan decided to abandon its long-held blanket ban on arms exports on 1 April 2014. In 1967, the Japanese government introduced three principles prohibiting arms exports to: (1) communist bloc countries, (2) […]


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