democracy-overrated June 02

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 possible.”

 

In 2013, the #ArmsTreaty was adopted. And countries at the UN were like…

 

 

 

Fast forward 2 years later and it’s time to make the rules for how the Treaty will operate.

 

 

 

As part of those rules, some governments want to bring back the veto to the process.

 

 

 

And some governments want the option to delay decisions about the ATT for up to a full year.

 

 

 

They also want to give a front row seat to groups that want to bury the Arms Trade Treaty…

 

…like the NRA.

 

 

 

Oh and arms dealers are always welcome.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, humanitarian groups, human rights organizations, and survivors of conflict could be asked to pay to tell their stories.

 

 

 

Reports that are supposed to bring the arms trade out of the shadows… could be kept a secret.

 

 

The #ArmsTreaty needs to save lives by stopping arms to human rights abusers. Ineffective rules, charging NGOs entry fees, and secret meetings were never part of that plan.

 

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Lorey Campese is Digital Communications Manager at Control Arms. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampese.

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