#Armstreaty Media Digest no2: Women, Survivors and Debate

July 5 2011, 7:43 AM  by Oistein Thorsen

The next Arms Trade Treaty Prep Com is now only one week away. The ATT Monitor brings you a digest of the online media stories dealing directly with the Treaty and the UN process. This post features a Women’s Declaration, the case for including Victim Assistance in the Treaty, the launch of an online debate forum as well announcements from NRA and Transparency International that they will be attending the Prep Com and why.

Women from around the world call for a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, July/Agust 2011: In July UN member states will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed treaty, which is due to be negotiated in mid-2012. The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women’s Network reminds us that this meeting presents an opportunity to call on governments to adopt an ATT that would cover small arms and light weapons (SALW) within the scope of conventional weapons. SALW kill humans more than any other weapons in the world. They are also the tools that facilitate the commission of violence against women in both conflict and non-armed conflict situations.

Putting People First: Victim Assistance in the Arms Trade Treaty

Action on Armed Violence makes the case for why states should support the humanitarian aims of the ATT and speak in favor of strong provisions on assistance to victims in the upcoming Prep Com in July. The right of states to trade arms is balanced by their acceptance of a responsibility “to protect and safeguard [their] people and institutions, consistent with international legal obligations, humanitarian and human rights principles.” Read more on the Victim Assistance blog.

Informative forum and debate on the Arms Trade Treaty

International Catalan Institute (ICIP) website will soon inaugurate a virtual space dedicated to news, academic material and documents related to the International Treaty to regulate the Arms Trade, scheduled to be signed at UN headquarters in New York in the Summer of 2012.

NRA will attend the Prep Com

NRA will be in full attendance at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) “Preparatory Committee” meeting in New York, July 11-15.  The so-called “Prep. Com.” will be laying the ground work for a final negotiation session in 2012.  NRA’s message will be simple and strong – an ATT which in any way, shape or form affects the constitutional rights of American gun owners is simply unacceptable.  Civilian firearms must not be within the scope of an ATT.  There will be no compromise on this crucial point.

Transparency International to participate in the Third PrepCom of the UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference

Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme (TI DSP) continues its efforts to lobby for a strong anti-corruption mechanism in a robust UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). From 11 to 15 July, our senior consultant Rob Wright and project officer Tobias Bock are participating in the Third Preparatory Committee for the ATT Conference which will take place in 2012.