Arms control and human rights

Campaigners call time on global arms trade ahead of historic treaty talks - 11 June 2012

Headline Title:  Campaigners call for comprehensive arms trade treaty For decades the irresponsible and poorly regulated international arms trade has contributed to death, injuries, torture and other serious human rights abuses – including sexual violence – affecting Campaigners urging governments worldwide to support a strong treaty with safeguards to stop the arms trade from fuelling human rights abuses. Media Node:  ATT global week of action VIDEO: No arms for atrocities At a Glance:  1,500 people are killed every day by conflict and armed violenceEach year 12 billion bullets are made – two for each person in the worldArmed conflict has forced more than 26 million people to flee their homesAt least 55 armed groups and government forces use child soldiers Rape and sexual violence are rife in armed conflict zones Twitter Tag:  ArmsTreaty Story Location:  40° 45' 48.6" N, 73° 57' 19.8612" W “By negotiating an effective treaty that has the protection of human rights at its core, the world’s governments can put an end to irresponsible arms transfers that contribute to half a million people dying every year and millions more being injured, brutally repressed, raped or forced to flee from their homes.” Source:  Brian Wood, Amnesty International’s Arms Control Manager Date:  Mon, 11/06/2012 URL:  Arms control and human rights Description:  Campaign page URL:  Sudan: No end to violence in Darfur: Arms supplies continue despite ongoing human rights violations Description:  Report, 9 February 2012 URL:  No arms for atrocities or abuses: Commit to an effective Arms Trade Treaty Description:  Briefing, 23 January 2012 URL:  Arms Transfers To The Middle East And North Africa: Lessons For An Effective Arms Trade Treaty Description:  Report, 19 October 2011 URL:  How an Arms Trade Treaty can help prevent armed violence Description:  Report, 2 March 2011

The 'Big Six' arms exporters - 11 June 2012

Headline Title:  The 'Big Six' arms exporters  1. China Just six countries are responsible for around three-quarters of the world's arms exports by value. Media Node:  ATT - Big Six VIDEO: No arms for atrocities Twitter Tag:  ArmsTreaty “We’re calling on governments – especially the ‘Big Six’ arms exporters – to reject the ‘body bag’ approach where they just resort to imposing a UN arms embargo after the human rights catastrophe has already engulfed a population.” Source:  Brian Wood, Amnesty International’s Arms Control Manager Date:  Mon, 11/06/2012 URL:  Campaigners call time on global arms trade ahead of historic treaty talks Description:  News story, 11 June 2012 URL:  Arms control and human rights Description:  Campaign page

تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية للعام 2012: لم تعد الأمور كالمعتاد بالنسبة للاستبداد والظلم - 24 May 2012

Headline Title:  تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية للعام 2012: لم تعد الأمور كالمعتاد بالنسبة للاستبداد والظلم هناك حاجة ماسة لمعاهدة قوية بشأن الاتجار في الأسلحة، مع تزايد الدلائل على عجز مجلس الأمن الدولي عن تحقيق غرض المعاهدة. بمناسبة إصدار التقرير السنوي الخمسين لمنظمة العفو الدولية عن حالة حقوق الإنسان في العالم، دعت المنظمة إلى اعتماد معاهدة قوية بشأن الاتجار في الأسلحة في وقت لاحق من العام الحالياقرأ المزيد » Media Node:  Dera'a bread protest Twitter Tag:  AIR2012 Story Location:  Royaume-Uni 51° 31' 5.1996" N, 0° 2' 23.37" W See map: Google Maps “لقد امتد تقاعس القادة إلى شتى دول العالم خلال العام الماضي، إذ كان السياسيون المسؤولون يواجهون الاحتجاجات بالوحشية أو باللامبالاة. ويتعين على الحكومات أن تبرهن على شرعية وجودها في موقع القيادة، وأن ترفض الظلم، وذلك بحماية المستضعفين والحد من نفوذ الأقوياء” Source:  سليل شيتي، الأمين العام لمنظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Thu, 24/05/2012 URL:  Amnesty International Report 2012 Description:  View the entire report URL:  Facts and figures Description:  Infographic

Rapport 2012 : la tyrannie et l'injustice n'ont plus les coudées franches - 24 May 2012

Headline Title:  Rapport 2012. Le vent tourne pour la tyrannie et l'injustice Alors que le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU semble de plus en plus inadapté aux besoins, il faut un traité fort sur le commerce des armes. Amnesty International rend public son rapport annuel de référence sur la situation des droits humains dans le monde. Media Node:  Dera'a bread protest_fr VIDEO: AIR2012 video news release (A-roll)_fr Twitter Tag:  AIR2012 Story Location:  United Kingdom 51° 31' 5.1996" N, 0° 2' 23.37" W See map: Google Maps “La défaillance du pouvoir politique est un phénomène désormais mondial, a déclaré Salil Shetty, le secrétaire général de l’organisation. D’un pays à l’autre, on a vu l’an dernier des responsables politiques répondre aux manifestations par la brutalité ou par l’indifférence. Les gouvernements doivent faire montre de leur légitimité à diriger et refuser l'injustice en protégeant les plus faibles et en modérant les actions des plus puissants.” Source:  Salil Shetty, secrétaire général de l’organisation Date:  Thu, 24/05/2012 URL:  Rapport 2012 d'Amnesty International Description:  Voir le rapport complet URL:  Faits et chiffres Description:  Infographie

Informe 2012: Para la tiranía y la injusticia, las cosas han cambiado - 24 May 2012

Headline Title:  Informe 2012: Para la tiranía y la injusticia, las cosas han cambiado Es necesario un tratado sobre el comercio de armas sólido, dado que el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU parece cada vez menos adecuado para su función  Amnistía Internacional publica hoy su informe anual, que documenta la situación de los derechos humanos en el mundo. Media Node:  Dera'a bread protest_es VIDEO: AIR2012 video news release_es Twitter Tag:  AIR2012 Story Location:  United Kingdom 51° 31' 5.1996" N, 0° 2' 23.37" W See map: Google Maps “El fracaso del liderazgo se ha convertido en una cuestión global durante el último año, en el que los políticos han respondido a las protestas con brutalidad o indiferencia. Los gobiernos deben demostrar un liderazgo legítimo y rechazar la injusticia protegiendo a quienes no tienen poder y poniendo límites a los poderosos.” Source:  Salil Shetty, secretario general de Amnistía Internacional Date:  Thu, 24/05/2012 URL:  Informe 2012 de Amnistía Internacional Description:  Ver el informe completo URL:  Datos y cifras Description:  Infografía

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice - 24 May 2012

Headline Title:  Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice Strong Arms Trade Treaty needed as UN Security Council looks unfit for purpose Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights. Media Node:  Dera'a bread protest VIDEO: AIR2012 video news release (A-roll) Twitter Tag:  AIR2012 Story Location:  United Kingdom 51° 31' 5.1996" N, 0° 2' 23.37" W See map: Google Maps “Failed leadership has gone global in the last year, with politicians responding to protests with brutality or indifference. Governments must show legitimate leadership and reject injustice by protecting the powerless and restraining the powerful. ” Source:  Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General Date:  Thu, 24/05/2012 URL:  Amnesty International Report 2012 Description:  View the entire report URL:  Facts and figures Description:  Infographic

How an Arms Trade Treaty can help prevent armed violence - 2 March 2011

Current United Nations discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) provide an opportunity to examine armed violence in the context of decisions concerning international transfers of conventional arms used in armed violence. This report is divided into two parts. Part I examines how an ATT with a clearly elaborated risk assessment process can make a contribution to the prevention and reduction of armed violence. Part II focuses on firearms-related homicide and emphasises the importance of adopting an approach to addressing armed violence that will encompass violence outside of armed conflict settings.

Arms for Internal Security: Will they be covered by an Arms Trade Treaty? - 17 June 2011

There is now a chance in the UN to establish a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) setting out commonly-agreed rules for strict national regulation and international monitoring of the trade and transfer of conventional arms. This briefing paper includes Amnesty International's proposal for the inclusion of the scope of equipment into an ATT including an indicative list of the conventional arms and a summary definition. It also includes examples of conventional arms that may, inadvertently, be excluded from the scope of the ATT.

Deadly Movements: Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade Treaty - 19 July 2010

The proposed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) should be designed to prevent unauthorised or irresponsible international transfers of weapons, munitions and related equipment internationally. This briefing note explains that inadequate regulation of arms transportation is a global problem, not confined to jurisdictions with weak arms transfer controls. The Arms Trade Treaty provides a critical opportunity to define high common international standards to address the adequate regulation of the physical movement of conventional arms.

How to Apply Human Rights Standards to Arms Transfer Decisions - 1 October 2008

In order to achieve a more effective regulation of the international arms trade, all international transfers of conventional weaponry, munitions and equipment should be carried out in accordance with states’ legal obligations. All states have obligations under international human rights law applicable to transfers of conventional arms. The purpose of this document is to assist states and regional organisations in applying their human rights obligations. It proposes guidelines for assessing the risk of a proposed transfer being used for serious violations of human rights.

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