Graphic: It's easier to trade in guns than bananas.

Control Arms: sign up to support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty

25 May, 2012 | Conflict & Emergencies

Every year, millions of people worldwide are killed, injured, raped and repressed because of a poorly regulated arms trade that fuels human rights abuses, conflict and poverty.

It’s time to act. It’s an appalling joke that bananas are more tightly regulated than guns. That’s why we are demanding that governments agree to a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that protects everyone.

Unregulated arms cause serious human rights abuses, poverty and war crimes; small arms alone kill more people every year than the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. They paralyze health, education and other services. The world needs a solid Arms Trade Treaty that prevents the transfer of small arms, weapons and munitions if they are likely to contribute to the loss of human rights, lives and livelihoods.

On July 2, the world’s governments will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York to agree the terms of an ATT. Now is the time to make our voices heard to ensure a strong, effective and loophole-free treaty that covers all conventional arms, including ammunition. 

We know that piling pressure on governments works and we know that such a treaty can be a reality. Since launching the campaign in 2003, we’ve had support for an ATT from over a million people worldwide. Nine years later, we need your support to make the treaty a reality, to stop weapons falling into the hands of militias, mafias and mass-murderers.

One person dies every minute from armed violence. In that same minute, 15 new arms are manufactured. This has to stop.

Still need convincing? The Control Arms campaign has been nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sign the petition to call on every government to secure an Arms Trade Treaty that effectively prevents arms from fuelling such atrocities and abuses.

Related links:

Read the report: The Devil is in the Detail: The importance of comprehensive and legally binding criteria for arms transfers

Follow the negotiations at Arms Trade Treaty monitor

Tracking States' positions on key issues concerning the Arms Trade Treaty armstreaty.org

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