#Armstreaty Media Digest no 4: #Sudan conflict, Caribbean leaders call, #German tanks and more

July 8 2011, 8:45 AM  by Øistein Thorsen

Only days away from the start of the 3rd Prep Com on the Arms Trade Treaty media activity is heating up. Today’s media digest features Amnesty International arguing that arms trade fuels violations in the Sudan conflict, Caribbean leaders call for effective controls of the global arms trade, reflections on Germany’s planned transfer of 200 tanks to Saudi Arabia, kick off of the ATT Legal Blogs prep com coverage and detailed answered from UK Ministers on UK’s position on the ATT. Read on, enjoy and share!

Arms trade fuels violations in Sudan conflict
UN member states must act to control arms shipments to volatile regions like Sudan’s Southern Kordofan, Amnesty International said today ahead of a week of talks on a global Arms Trade Treaty. China, Russia, and the USA are among those who have provided weapons or military training to the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, which marks its independence on 9 July.

Canada News also runs this story: “Arms Trade Fuels Violations in Sudan Conflict”

Caribbean leaders committed to combat weapons trade
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders say they are fully committed to efforts aimed at combating and eradicating the proliferation of and the illicit trade in small and light weapons and ammunition – including through the successful negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty, in a Declaration issued at the end of their annual summit in St. Kitts and Nevis. South Florida Caribbean News has the full story.

German Tanks and the Arab Spring
@mariosorg of the Beyond Borders blog asks what Germany’s support for human rights criteria in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations means in light of the news magazine “Der Spiegel” report of the German Government planning to sell 200 Leopard 2 tanks to Saudi-Arabia.

The Arms Trade Treaty Legal Blog
The legal blog from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights launch their coverage of the 3rd Prep Com with a short note on how the events in the Middle East and North Africa over the past few months have demonstrated in tragic detail the importance of an arms trade treaty that effectively regulates arms transfers between States.

Responses from UK Ministers on inter alia the Arms Trade Treaty – Report Cm 8079
Response of the Secretaries of State for Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development and Business, Innovation and Skills to the Strategic Export Control Annual Report for 2009, Quarterly Reports for 2010, Licensing Policy and Parliamentary Scrutiny. Details on the Uk Government’s position on the Arms Trade Treaty starts at page 14.