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Control arms

The global arms trade is out of control. Currently no global, legally binding instrument exists to regulate the international trade in weapons. As a result, gaps and legal loopholes can be exploited, allowing arms to be transferred to situations where they’re used to fuel conflict, commit human rights abuses and undermine sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Did you know?

  • 1,500 people a day are killed because of conflict and armed violence
  • 60% of human rights abuses have involved the use of small arms Control Armsand light weapons
  • $1.6 trillion is spent every year on arms worldwide
  • 12 billion bullets are produced every year — almost two bullets for every person in the world
  • 26 million people have been forced to flee their homes in fear of their lives due to armed conflict
  • Currently there are more global laws governing the trade in bananas and coffee than there are for guns and ammunition
  • In Burundi, Africa, a grenade costs the same as a pint of beer

“An Arms Trade Treaty matters to me because…we need to live in better and safer world. In Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region, with the daily killing of innocent lives, we experienced and still feel the effects of arms that need to be regulated through a global treaty. Clearly, an Arms Trade Treaty is the answer.”

- Ayman Sorour, Lawyer and human rights activist, Egypt

An Arms Trade Treat

A global problem needs a global solution – a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty to prevent irresponsible arms transfers ending up in the hands of human rights abusers and repressive regimes around the world.

Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of concerned people, after nearly ten years of campaigning, in March 2013, the United Nations voted ‘yes’ on a global Arms Trade Treaty.

Read about this important step in the campaign.

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