How the Arms Trade Treaty could prevent future Syrias

Report
from The Guardian
Published on 27 Mar 2013 View Original

The treaty before the UN makes states accountable for selling weapons later used in war crimes. It could save countless lives

At the UN this week, states are deliberating over a proposed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which would regulate the $70bn worldwide trade of conventional weapons, from small arms like the ubiquitous AK-47 rifle, up to tanks and combat aircraft. The treaty would create common standards and rules for arms transfers, including annual reporting from states and systems to monitor exports, with the expressed aim of protecting international peace and security and reducing human suffering internationally.

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