Amnesty Briefing Papers: Scope and Transparency

From 11-15 July 2011, delegations from all UN Member States will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York to participate in the third Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee. The focus of this meeting will be implementation mechanisms of the ATT including procedures for transparency. It is likely that States will also further discuss scope and parameters of an ATT.

IANSA considers it crucial that small arms and light weapons, and ammunition are included in the scope of an Arms Trade Treaty, and that states report openly and comprehensively when submitting data on their transfers of small arms and light weapons and ammunition.

Amnesty International has produced two briefing papers to support your work on the upcoming ATT PrepCom. The first, ‘Our Right to Know: Transparent Reporting Under an ATT’ focuses on why states should transparently report on their international arms trade and transfers and outlines how a reporting mechanism could be reported into the ATT. The second, an illustrated briefing ‘Arms for Repression: Will they be covered by an ATT’, includes AI’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.

The briefing papers are also available in French and Spanish.

AI_Scope_ BriefingPaper.pdf1.94 MB
AI_Transparency_BriefingPaper.pdf574.74 KB
AI_Transparency_BriefingPaper_FRENCH.pdf593.31 KB
AI_Transparency_BriefingPaper_SPANISH .pdf603.8 KB