Media Conference Friday, May 31 on Arms Trade Treaty and Why Obama Must Be Among the First Signers

Press Release
May 29, 2013

Media Conference Friday, May 31 on Arms Trade Treaty and Why Obama Must Be Among the First Signers

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As the Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature on June 3rd, Amnesty International USA, Arms Control Association, Oxfam America, and the Simson Center will host a press breakfast on Friday, May 31st at 9 a.m. at Old Ebbitt Grill to discuss why the United States must be one of the first signatories. Journalists may also participate by conference call. Panelists will discuss why the treaty is important for countries such as South Sudan; what the treaty does and doesn’t do; and next steps.

Adotei Akwei, managing director for government relations and Africa advocacy director at Amnesty International USA, will moderate the panel. Prior to his current role, Akwei was senior policy advisor for CARE USA and regional advocacy advisor for CARE's Asia Regional Management Unit. Before joining CARE, Akwei was AIUSA’s deputy director for Africa advocacy and served as Africa program director for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).

SPEAKERS:
Adotei Akwei – Managing Director of Government Relations, AIUSA
Paul O’Brien – Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Gordon Lam Gatluak – Advocacy Manager, Oxfam in South Sudan
Rachel Stohl – Senior Associate, Stimson Center
Daryl Kimball – Executive Director, Arms Control Association

EVENT: ATT Media Breakfast
DATE: Friday, May 31st
TIME: 9 - 10a.m.
LOCATION:
Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Conference call line: 1-800-503-2899, password-7772927

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists, and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.