One shot for an Arms Treaty in 2012: Sign up to call on governments

May 28 2012, 6:16 AM by Rosie Cowling

On July 2, the world’s governments will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York to agree the terms of an Arms Trade Treaty.

It’s time to act. It’s an appalling joke that bananas are more tightly regulated than guns. That’s why we are demanding that in July, governments agree to a legally-binding and watertight ATT that protects everyone. Sign our petition below to call on governments to demand it with us.

Since 2003, we’ve been campaigning for an ATT that would prevent millions of people worldwide being killed, injured, raped and repressed every year because of a poorly regulated arms trade that fuels human rights abuses, conflict and poverty. In the last 9 years, we’ve had support for an ATT from over a million people worldwide.

Now, in the run-up to July, is a crucial time for the campaign. We need your help to make an impact on the UN negotiations, to ensure a strong, effective and loophole-free treaty that covers all conventional arms – including ammunition.

We know that piling pressure on governments works and we know that such a treaty can be a reality. A straight-talking ATT would stop weapons falling into the hands of militias, mafias and mass-murderers.

Unregulated arms cause serious human rights abuses, poverty and war crimes; small arms alone kill more people every year than the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. They paralyze health, education and other services. The world needs a solid ATT that prevents the transfer of small arms, weapons and munitions if they are likely to contribute to the loss of human rights, lives and livelihoods.

One person dies every minute from armed violence. In that same minute, 15 new arms are manufactured. This has to stop.

Sign up here: I call on every government to secure an Arms Trade Treaty that effectively prevents arms from fuelling atrocities and abuses.

Still need convincing? Control Arms has been nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

If you would like to embed this sign-up widget on your website or blog, you can email Rosie Cowling [rcowling@oxfam.org.uk] to receive the code.

Coming up on the blog later this week, how being a ‘social media vampire’ can help our campaign, plus some in-depth info on what a bulletproof ATT should look like from Oxfam Policy Advisor for Arms and Development Deepayan Basu Ray.