Saturday, October 1, 2011
We received the following information about the Arms Trade Treaty Legal Response Network as a comment to one of our other posts. As it may be of interest to our readers who want to help smaller and less developed countries negotiate treaties relating to the trade in arms, we're sharing this information also as its own post. We welcome further comments from any of our readers who may have experience with the Arms Trade Treaty Legal Response Network. It seems to be a great initiative.
Here's the information from the post, with additional background information.
A patchwork system of differing national and regional regulation means that there are no comprehensive global regulations on the global trade in conventional arms. This allows unscrupulous arms dealers or governments to easily supply weapons, even where they know they may be used for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, or fuel conflict and undermine development. All other weapons types are subject to global Treaties (nuclear, biological, chemical etc). In 2006, after years of campaigning by NGOs, the UN agreed to start discussing an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Negotiations are ongoing with the final negotiating conference taking place in July 2012. It is vital that affected states and the Control Arms civil society alliance have access to high quality legal advice so they can participate effectively in treaty negotiations an ensure that the Treaty prevents irresponsible arms deals that fuel conflict, poverty and serious human rights abuses.
The Legal Response Network is a pro bono initiative that provides legal advice and legal capacity- building services in relation to the UN arms trade treaty negotiations. The goal is to see a robust Arms Trade Treaty which prevents irresponsible arms deals that fuel conflict, poverty and serious human rights abuses. To achieve this, affected country governments and NGOs need increased access to legal support so they can participate effectively in Treaty negotiations. If you would like to join the network, please complete and submit the form at http://bit.ly/jZ0ErM