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With or without you: Why Russia cannot dismiss the Arms Trade Treaty as a pointless inconvenience

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat The Russian Federation issued a statement this week saying it will not be joining the Arms Trade Treaty. “We don’t see the point,” a senior official is quoted as saying. No surprises there, but try telling that to the people of Syria, who continue to suffer […]

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Can the ATT help end the conflict in Yemen?

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat It’s hard to go anywhere in Yemen without coming across a weapon of some sort. Men, wearing traditional dress, often wear the Jambiya knife on a thick, embroidered belt around their waist – a symbol of wealth, status and male pride. These are ceremonial knives and […]

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The cost of commitment

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat The campaign for the ATT to be robustly implemented continues – but now its suggested that civil society and armed violence survivors pay to prove their commitment The work is never over. Campaigning to get an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) really was just the start. Now […]

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ATT can start making a difference, irrespective of China, Russia and the USA

Written by Ben Donaldson, Communications and Campaigns Manager at United Nations Association-UK Though it officially came into force on 24 December 2014, we have a wait on our hands for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to become universally adhered to. That will not stop the Treaty tackling illicit weapons transfers and reducing armed violence in […]

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A win for the human rights defenders and feminists in Sweden

Written by Linda Åkerström, Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society and Sofia Tuvestad, WILPF Sweden Last night presented a major victory for disarmament and women’s rights activists in the Swedish peace movement, as the Swedish government declared it will not continue its heavily criticized military cooperation agreement (Memorandum of Understanding, MoU) with Saudi Arabia. The news came […]

Foto: Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung/Pool/ddp February 06

Germany’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia: what we know and some important questions

Written by Lorey Campese, Control Arms In a recent post on the Control Arms website, we congratulated the government of Germany on the halting of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. This was based on a report by the German news outlet Bild am Sonntag, which, citing government sources, claimed that arms transfers would either be “rejected […]

20141210134818975642_8 (1) December 23

ATT provides new hope in 2015 for civilians in conflict

Written by Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Today, new international law enters into force introducing tight new controls on the $85bn arms trade. Arms campaigner Anna Macdonald here speaks about her hopes for the protection of civilians during 2015. It’s that time of year again when people start talking about Peace on Earth and goodwill to […]

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Gender, arms and security in the Pacific

Written by Hannah Lewis, Oxfam Australia When governments ignore the gendered nature of arms and security, women’s needs are ignored and women are excluded from decision making around arms and security. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Effective implementation of international and regional commitments can go a long way in ensuring that women’s voices […]

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Germany and the Arms Trade Treaty

Written by Robert Lindner, Oxfam Germany As long as I can remember, German arms like the Leopard tank and Heckler & Koch guns have always been among the export hits of the arms industry. Grim deals with deadly products “Made in Germany” still constitute the dark side of Germany’s fame as one of the world’s leading […]

UNGA First Committee November 06

7 things you need to know about the resolution on Women and Disarmament from UNGA First Committee

Written by Lorey Campese, Control Arms During the UN General Assembly First Committee, a resolution was adopted this year on the role of women and broader international security. Of 63 resolutions adopted, it was easily the most hotly debated with multiple meetings scheduled nearly every week to negotiate the text of the resolution. The resolution achieved […]


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