Stop Flows of Arms that Fuel Abuses
By encouraging governments to act responsibly in this area, Amnesty International USA seeks to prevent or minimize violations or abuses of humanitarian and human rights law.
Human Rights Goal
Build Support for an Arms Trade Treaty. Since 2003, Amnesty International and allied groups have been calling for an international, legally binding Arms Trade Treaty that has human rights protections at its core. Amnesty and its partners are calling for a “Golden Rule” to stop arms transfers that are likely to be used for serious human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law. The effort has been supported by millions of people worldwide. In December 2006, 153 governments voted at the United Nations to begin developing the treaty, and in 2009 the UN established a time frame to pave the way for the treaty and in July 2012 a formal negotiation session was held. Although the 2012 Diplomatic Conference on the ATT failed to adopt a treaty by consensus, the UN has agreed to convene a final negotiation session in March 2013. At that time, the United States and the global community will have another chance to negotiate and adopt a global treaty to regulate the international trade in small arms and conventional weapons. It is imperative for the eventual text of the proposed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to be comprehensive in scope and include robust human rights criteria. It is also essential that the United States, the world’s largest arms manufacturer, be a leader in negotiating the strongest possible treaty.