500,000 worldwide tell governments – we need to Control Arms now!

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Today in New York, Control Arms campaigners handed over the Speak Out petition on the Arms Trade Treaty to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, signed by over 521,000 people worldwide. The petition calls on world governments involved in the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations this month to secure a strong, effective treaty that prevents irresponsible arms […]

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Artists demand an Arms Trade Treaty

International artists including Kristin Davis, Keira Knightley, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Coldplay, Tim Roth, Annie Lennox and Kevin Spacey have joined forces to demand governments take immediate action to help improve regulation of the international arms trade. The stars combined to send a joint letter to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations urging […]

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Australians tell the Government “Bring us home a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty!”

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It’s now just 5 days to go until negotiations begin in New York for the first ever legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, to prevent arms exports from ending up in the wrong hands. Today Oxfam Australia’s Government Relations Advisor Reece Kinnane and Oxfam supporter and volunteer Melissa Gillies joined Amnesty International, Act for Peace and […]

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Tweet the world’s biggest arms exporters to support the Arms Trade Treaty!

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Join the Global Tweet-a-thon for the ATT! Supporters of a robust ATT will target the Twitter accounts of the US State department and Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for one hour each day, with key messages on why they too must support the treaty.

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Speaking up for children in detention

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A global campaign to end the immigration detention of children was recently launched by the International Detention Coalition. This month, Australia comes under their spotlight — with good reason.

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Countdown to an Arms Trade Treaty

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As part of “100 Days of Speaking Out!”, a countdown to the arms trade treaty negotiations, the Control Arms campaign is regularly featuring stories and profiles of different people who support a bulletproof ATT.

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The state of play of the #ArmsTreaty negotiations

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In the lead-up to July’s Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, several key issues are at play. This blog post provides an overview of the treaty’s scope and implementation, as well as the potential outcome of the negotiations.

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Setting the scene for the #Armstreaty negotiations in July

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With negotiations for the long-awaited Arms Trade Treaty taking place in July, this blog post sets the scene and outlines what preparations and progress have been made so far.

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Arms Trade Treaty: Let’s finish what we started

By Kate Hughes, Oxfam Great Britain Global Campaigner – Conflict and Humanitarian I was 10 when I joined my first protest. Since then I have been campaigning against poverty and war, and for human rights and dignity. I have been part of a human chain to cancel poor countries’ debt, I have run for Congo, […]

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A new approach to regional cooperation on refugee protection

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Oxfam has joined with other NGOs from our Asia Pacific region in a joint statement on the Australian Government’s announcement that it intends to subvert the recent ruling by the High Court on the treatment of asylum seekers.

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Are corporations helping the global water crisis?

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Oxfam Australia have joined the global campaign calling for a critique of transnational corporations that are shaping the global response to the world water crisis.

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What the Arms Trade Treaty means for me: John ToGuata

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As the negotiations over the Arms Trade Treaty continue, we speak to another of the Pacific representatives – John ToGuata from Papua New Guinea – to find out what an effective ATT would mean to him.

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What the Arms Trade Treaty means for me: Ema Tagicakibau

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With the Third Session of the Arms Trade Treaty PrepCom well underway, we talk to representatives from the Pacific region. Ema Tagicakibau from Fiji gives us her thoughts on progress so far.

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Dancing in my heart: a letter from South Sudan

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Following its Independence ceremony on Saturday 9 July, South Sudan is officially the world’s youngest country. Aguet, a member of Oxfam’s emergency response team, describes her joy at her country’s newfound independence and her hopes for the future.

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Strong peacekeeping mission needed in South Sudan: let’s tweet

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The UN Security Council is expected shortly to authorize a new peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to succeed the current United Nations Mission in Sudan. We need your help to ensure that adequate numbers of troops are kept in the country to protect civilians in the world’s newest country.

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Australia’s responsibility on cluster bombs

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In 2008, Australia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions. To ratify this treaty, legislation is currently before our Parliament, but the loopholes and problems associated with it are far from the ideal outcome for a country that supposedly opposes the use of these horrible weapons.

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Exploring how to apply development in the Arms Treaty

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The latest roundtable meeting finds that the Arms Trade Treaty needs to have a strong basis in development in order to be successful in preventing the conditions that have given rise to the need for such a treaty.

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Australia’s ban on cluster munitions: Will we set the right example?

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Yesterday, the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was due to deliver its report on its inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010. This is the proposed legislation that will enact Australia’s obligations under the Cluster Munitions Convention, which it signed at the end of 2008.

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Armstreaty 2011 – it’s a wrap

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The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations have come to a close (for now). Ben Murphy gives us a rundown on what has been achieved, and where to from here.

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Ammunition in the Arms trade Treaty: Is it possible?

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Since I’ve been working on the Control Arms campaign with Oxfam Australia, I’ve been particularly interested in the issue of ammunition, and how it should be addressed within an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Armstreaty negotiations get going like a Rolling Stone

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With talks currently underway in New York City, the Chair of the Arms Trade Treaty Roberto Moritan may have already set the scene for these important negotiations. He has warned delegates that the Rolling Stones might have something to teach everyone about expectations when they sing “I can’t get no satisfaction”.

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How can the Arms Treaty support development?

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In 2007-8 the infant mortality rate dropped in Brazil saving 1,700 babies from early death compared to the year before. The same year 14,000 young Brazilians between 14 and 19 years old were killed as a result of armed violence. This brutal trend is essentially shooting down Brazil’s hard won development achievements, and begs the question – development for what?

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Time to get serious about the Arms Trade Treaty

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by Ben Murphy, Humanitarian Advocacy Officer, Oxfam Australia. Ben will be blogging and tweeting (@Ben_Murphy83) from insude the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference all next week. Once again, I’m joining a group of campaigners from around the world for a one-week session of the negotiations towards an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN in […]

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Are we facing a major global food price crisis?

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New figures show that world prices are at their highest level since the organisation started measuring them in 1990 – topping prices seen in June 2008 at the height of the last global food crisis. Why is it happening and what can we do about it?

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