Nothing can change a life quite like a bullet.

Written by Geoffrey Duke, South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) In my home country of South Sudan, there are 3.8 million people who could confirm that. That’s the number of people who are in serious need of humanitarian assistance here. And it doesn’t stop there. 2.1 million more have been forced to flee their […]

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Global arms control treaty at risk of becoming a damp squib

Written by Marek Marczynski, Amnesty International The following was originally posted and can be found on Every year, roughly half a million people are killed by firearms, many of which have been transferred irresponsibly. The poorly controlled flow of arms also fuels conflicts in which millions more die because of mass displacement and loss […]

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Conventional wisdom: the flip side of the Iran nuclear deal

Written by Allison Pytlak, Control Arms Negotiations for the long-awaited agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are in the endgame, and have been complicated by a political stumbling block – conventional weapons. Earlier this week, Iranian negotiators formally proposed that any agreement also include an end to the UN Security Council arms embargo that was imposed […]

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FIFA and Arms Dealers Corrupting the Beautiful Game

Written by Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor on Arms and Conflict at Oxfam International I was angry as I sat down to watch the sublime skills of Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team mates in the Champions League Final, knowing that football and my work on the arms trade had become linked in the corruption row bringing […]

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6 Areas where the #ArmsTreaty Process could go Horribly Wrong

Written by Lorey Campese, Control Arms When I started campaigning for a bulletproof #ArmsTreaty, things were a little different. The ATT didn’t exist, but there was an energy I hadn’t seen before to get the job done. When governments took the floor, they talked about saving lives, preventing human rights abuses, and delivering the “strongest Treaty […]

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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 […]


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