The Arms Trade Treaty

Every day thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated global arms trade. Conventional weapons facilitate these abuses, and in response IANSA, as part of the Control Arms alliance, is calling for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): a global, legally binding agreement that will better control irresponsible international transfers of conventional weapons and munitions.

The ATT will be negotiated in July 2012 and IANSA aims to ensure that it has the means to reduce levels of gun violence and decrease the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

This can be achieved by the inclusion of strong and relevant provisions in the Treaty text, and including small arms and light weapons and related ammunition within the scope of the Treaty. It is also essential that measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women are part of the ATT. To protect women's rights, the relevant binding international instruments covering gender based violence, including rape and sexual violence, must be applied in arms transfer decisions. To read more click here.

To see a more detailed description of how SALW and related ammunition should be included in the ATT click here.



This article, written by IANSA woman Rebecca Gerome, was originally published on

Cette édition contient: les dernières nouvelles du bureau de New York, les détails sur la récente session du Comité  préparatoire sur le commerce des armes et sur la Commission des Nations Unies de  la condition de la femme ainsi que les événements à venir.

Members of the Control Arms Campaign have issued a press release demanding a thorough review of UK arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa. 

Amnesty International says a new report from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office reveals that UK policies have facilitated arms sales to Libya and other countries that were inconsistent with the UK government's stated aims of protecting civilians against human rights abuses.

On 16 March, 11 Central African countries adopted the “Sao Tomé Declaration on a Central African Common Position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)”. 

Amnesty international is calling for states to immediately stop the supply of arms and ammunition to Bahrain, in response to recent violence against protesters in the country, killing at least 8 people.

This report, published by IANSA and Amnesty International, examines the role an ATT can play in preventing and reducing those forms of armed violence in which conventional arms are used

The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded on 4 March.

On 3 March, members of the Control Arms Campaign addressed the UN, as part of the second session of the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Tready (ATT).

The Control Arms Campaign, of which IANSA is a member, is a global civil society alliance which advocates for a bulletproof” Arms Trade Treaty that will protect lives and livelihoods.

A new 2 page brief on how the inclusion of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and Ammunition is currently being treated in ATT discussions.

'A United Nations Arms Trade Treaty currently being negotiated can help India tackle rising terrorist violence and provide internal security'

On the 28 February, the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and Saferworld co-hosted an event on the key elements and of an effective and workable Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) implementation system.

On 28 February, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War(IPPNW) presented a side panel titled Control the Arms Trade: Improve Human and Environmental Health.

This short article by IANSA women participating in the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee (ATT PrepCom) was published in the ‘Arms Trade Treaty Monitor’, a joint initiative of Reaching Critical Will of WILPF, Global Action to Prevent War, Oxfam International, and IANSA.

On 16 February, Religions for Peace hosted a summit on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Birmingham, UK.

British arms dealer Gary Hyde was arrested last month in the US charged with conspiring to illegally export almost 6,000 Chinese-produced AK-47 magazines to the US in breach of an American embargo.

Amnesty International and campaigners worldwide are calling on their governments to immediately impose an arms embargo on Libya because firearms and other weapons have reportedly been used for serious violations of international human rights law.

IANSA had an active presence at this year’s World Social Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal from 6 to 11 February.

On 16 February, IANSA members Amnesty International UK, Oxfam and Saferworld hosted a panel debate on the Arms Trade Treaty in the Houses of Parliament, UK.

The East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) participated in a regional expert workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2-3 February.

Norwegian Church Aid has launched a new campaign for better controls on Norwegian exports of arms and ammunition.

The East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) participated in a regional experts workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2-3 February.

From 6 to 11 February, IANSA members will participate in the World Social Forum 2011 to highlight the issue of small arms and armed violence.

An article by Hanna L. Wright of Saferworld urging the UK to play a full part in the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty

On 15 December, members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted a Common Position on the Arms Trade Treaty

An article on the Arms Trade Treaty which outlines the Russian position has been published in the latest issue of PIR Center’s journal ‘Security Index’. The article was written by Vadim Kozyulin and Natalia Kalinina. More

On 10-12 November, government officials and experts participated in a regional seminar on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

On 2 December, the Control Arms Foundation of India met with women parliamentarians, urging them to support the ATT negotiation process in a briefing session in New Delhi.

In Norway activists met with State Secretary Espen Barth Eide in a panel debate on the Arms Trade Treaty on 20 November.