Arms trade treaty may point a way forward for the U.N.

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For years governments told us in meetings that an Arms Trade Treaty was a fanciful idea – merely a twinkle in our campaigning eye. But earlier this month an Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by an overwhelming majority at the United Nations General Assembly. Thanks to the democratic process, international law will for the first […]

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Arms Trade Treaty a victory for victims of armed violence

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Today at the United Nations in New York, we have been part of making history. 155 governments including Australia have just voted yes to a ground-breaking Arms Trade Treaty to curb the irresponsible arms trade that every day claims 1,500 lives. The global agreement on this treaty has finally sent a clear signal to gunrunners […]

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History made as Arms Trade Treaty agreed

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On 2 April 2013, history was made as the Arms Trade Treaty – the first agreement to control global arms sales – received an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote at the United Nations in New York. This momentous Treaty is the culmination of more than ten years of campaigning to rein in the irresponsible trade in arms […]

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#VoteYes on #ArmsTreaty tomorrow

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Tomorrow we are hoping to make history. After 10 years of campaigning for a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty that works to curb the irresponsible weapons trade, world governments will finally vote on the treaty text in the UN General Assembly in less than 12 hours. Over the past two weeks, Oxfam campaigners have been […]

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Oxfam’s latest efforts to push for strong Arms Trade Treaty – New York

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On the penultimate day of the ATT negotiations we got the media’s attention early morning with a helicopter assembled on a New York rooftop, with the UN in the background. Monday started with a press conference, where it was made clear to the world that the text on the table was not something that was going […]

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Another day at the office, pushing for a global Arms Trade Treaty

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“What do you actually do all day over there?” That’s a question a friend back home skyped me on Wednesday. I’ve been working on the Arms Trade Treaty for a long time now, and spent a lot of time at the various UN meetings. But what actually happens? What do we do all day? I thought I’d […]

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#SyriaCrisis Candlelight Vigil in Mafraq, Jordan

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 “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings” Albert Schweitzer  Jordanian human rights organization, ARDD-Legal Aid, will be hosting a candlelight vigil in Mafraq City, Jordan, on Thursday, March 14, in solidarity with the people of Syria. ARDD-Legal Aid is the first Arab rights-based organization that […]

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Let’s get a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty, not a quick fix

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This week marks the second anniversary of the start of the bloody Syrian civil war, which has killed an estimated 70,000 people, injured hundreds of thousands more and led to over a million people fleeing the country in fear. The UN Security Council has failed to impose an arms embargo on Syria. With only a […]

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Darfur: Where are we now?

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It has been ten years since the Darfur conflict erupted and millions fled their homes in the countryside for the safety of towns and camps. If you do not live in Sudan, it is understandable if you think the problem resolved itself long ago. But if you could come with me to Darfur, the land where […]

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Diaspora-led development and peace-building in South Sudan

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It’s a pretty good day in the office when I get to work with a group of thirty inspiring South Sudanese community leaders and meet a Deputy Representative of the United Nations Secretary General. This is how I spent last Saturday at the final of six workshops run by the Humanitarian Crisis Hub in partnership […]

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Hillary, we need a bulletproof arms trade treaty

With a visit to Perth last week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s for the Australia United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) defence talks, Oxfam, Amnesty, Act for Peace, Action Aid and Medical Association for the Prevention of War seized the opportunity to call on the US to help […]

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The Arms Trade Treaty gets a second chance

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Just hours after President Obama’s re-election was confirmed, the United States backed a resolution in the First Committee of the United Nations to recommence negotiations on the world’s first legally binding Arms Trade Treaty – an historic international instrument to regulate the $70 billion global trade in weapons. It was a joyous moment for the […]

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Every bullet has a story

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Dr. Robert Mtonga from Zambia shares his reflections on the need for a global arms trade treaty. Here are four scenarios that I have lived through that have motivated me to campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty to control the deadly trade in weapons. Picture a boy, aged 13 years and full of naivety; he […]

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A big thanks for your support on the Arms Trade Treaty

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Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of concerned people, after nearly ten years of campaigning, we came extremely close to agreement on a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in July this year. It’s not over yet – an ATT is within reach. And today sees the next step forward in the campaign, as […]

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10 things you need to know about Australia and the UN Security Council

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Australia is now a non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council. After 26 years on the bench, on 1 January 2013 Australia will begin its two-year membership of the UN Security Council. Having worked so tirelessly to secure this seat, Australia now has a rare opportunity to play a key role in addressing the great […]

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Australians tell the Government – final push for a strong Arms Trade Treaty

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With just one day left in the negotiations for a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, Oxfam Australia along with Amnesty International, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and World Council of Churches encouraged the Australian Government to make one final push to ensure a strong and robust instrument. A draft text was presented […]

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Tell the Australian Government: Fix the Arms Trade Treaty

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There are just two days to go in the negotiations for the world’s first legally binding instrument to control the international trade in conventional arms. While there are currently less international controls on the trade in arms than bananas, the draft text before the UN is riddled with loopholes and ambiguities that will continue to […]

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First reaction to the draft Arms Trade Treaty

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The first draft of the Arms Trade Treaty has finally arrived. Unfortunately, while there were some points to celebrate, the text reflected the compromises and blocks which some sceptical countries have been arguing for since the conference began. It appears the treaty has been reduced from a humanitarian action to simply a regulatory document defined […]

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The impact of an Arms Treaty in PNG

In Papua New Guinea, the devastating effects of small arms are well known. Their use – and mere presence – has facilitated tribal wars, gender-based violence and directly impeded the ability of PNG to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. My organisation has witnessed what happens when arms are involved in these conflicts: death, destruction of […]

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9 days to an Arms Trade Treaty?

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Just 9 days are left until the end of negotiations to produce the world’s first legally binding Arms Trade Treaty. Can we maintain pressure on governments to secure a strong Treaty that actually makes a difference? In “A Short Film About Guns” Oxfam’s Louis Belanger teams up with Greek-Cypriot director Minos Papas, providing a chilling […]

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Banksy images come to life in campaign for a global Arms Treaty

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Iconic artwork by graffiti artist Banksy has come to life to support an Oxfam campaign to regulate the weapons trade which kills one person every minute. News photographer Nick Stern, who has seen first-hand the devastating effect of armed violence, has recreated two of the artists’ famous works using real life lookalikes in support of […]

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Five things to watch for in the Arms Trade Treaty talks

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As these negotiations unfold over the next two and a half weeks, I believe there are five key questions governments will have to address. I will quickly introduce these issues here and write in more detail in the coming days and weeks. Question 1: How strong will the “criteria” be? Some governments want a strong […]

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Father of killed toddler makes his plea for an Arms Trade Treaty

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David Grimason has been calling for tighter controls on the trade of weapons since his two-year-old son Alistair was killed during a gunfight in 2003. The youngster was asleep in his pram when an argument broke out at a nearby table in a cafe in Turkey and a man opened fire, killing the toddler. On […]

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Worldwide voices call for a global Arms Trade Treaty

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On 3rd July 2012 the Control Arms campaign handed over a global petition to the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

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