ATT 1st PrepCom: The ATT in the Media

July 21 2010, 9:21 AM by Øistein Thorsen, Oxfam

As diplomats discuss the future Arms Trade Treaty at the UN, there have also been some mentions in the media of the process and the problem that an ATT is trying to address. Below are some few examples:

1. UN aims to regulate billion-dollar weapons trade
Date of Publication: 15 July 2010

The global weapons trade is a 55 billion dollar industry. And in most developing countries, atrocities and mass killings can be chalked up to small arms weapons. In many developing countries, Kalashnikov rifles, for example, are readily available and relatively cheap.

Now the United Nations is aiming to regulate the cross border selling of these arms that activists call “the real weapons of mass destruction. Formal talks started at the UN this week, with a number of meetings scheduled until the final treaty in 2012. Alex Helmick talks to Glenn MacDonald with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey.

2. Amnesty: Arms trade loopholes allow transport firms to ship weapon
Date of Publication: 15 July 2010

According to a new report released Monday by Amnesty International, transport companies in certain countries are using loopholes in arms trade agreements to deliver weapons to human rights abusers abroad. German transport companies are among those named in the report, which was released to coincide with a meeting at the United Nations this week debating a proposed international Arms Trade Treaty.

3. Rights group: Nations’ arms control poor
Date of Publication: 15 July 2010

Amnesty International said Thursday in New York City its new report shows that transportcompanies registered in the countries of the five permanent members of the U.N. SecurityCouncil — the United Stated, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, China and France — are able to move weapons and munitions to locations where they may used to commit war crimes and rights violation.

4.UN’s Big Five Facilitate Arms Transfers to Rights Violators
Date of Publication: 19 July 2010

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 19, 2010 (IPS) – The five permanent members of the Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – are accused of facilitating the transport of conventional weapons and cluster munitions to countries where they could be used to commit human rights violations and war crimes. The pointed accusations come from the London-based Amnesty International (AI) which singles out recent arms shipments by transport companies and airlines registered in the five nations.

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