“Hands up for arms control!”

The German Government is working towards the conclusion of an international agreement on trade in conventional weapons. Amnesty International (AI), too, is an active supporter of this goal and has therefore launched the campaign “Hands up for arms control!” To highlight the organization’s engagement, AI Germany’s Secretary General, Wolfgang Grenz, has now handed over the signatures of 38,000 people calling for a strong treaty to Minister of State Cornelia Pieper at the Federal Foreign Office.

The handing-over of signatures is one of the many activities taking place worldwide prior to the international conference of states in New York from 2 to 27 July 2012, where an agreement is to be negotiated. Drawn up within the UN framework, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will for the first time set legally binding minimum standards for the transfer of conventional weapons at global level. Up until now there have been no uniform regulations covering international trade in armaments.

The German Government is of the opinion that the envisaged agreement should cover all conventional weapons, especially small arms and light weapons as well as ammunition. The minimum standards to be complied with should include the respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, the preservation of regional stability and consideration of the domestic situation in the recipient state.

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Last updated 26.06.2012

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