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Achieving an Arms Trade Treaty is up there not just with our biggest achievements, but with the greatest developments in human rights since the founding of the United Nations after World War Two. Celebrate the success and share this image
Throughout our campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty you have done us proud and the last push before the 2012 talks was no exception. Across the UK you pulled out all the stops and showed the UK government we needed them to fight for a robust Arms Trade Treaty. See what you got up to
Since formal talks to agree an Arms Trade Treaty began in July 2012, our campaigners Verity Coyle and Oliver Sprague have been keeping us up-to-date on the various rounds of negotiations. Read their blogs
On 2 April 2013, after two decades of campaigning, 154 governments at a special session of the UN General Assembly voted to support the Arms Trade Treaty. It was an overwhelming majority and a huge breakthrough for human rights and it couldn’t have happened without you.
With an overwhelming number of states voting to adopt the Arms Trade Treaty, you’d think our campaigning would be over, right? Nearly – we just need to ensure that it enters into force. And for that we need fifty governments to sign it into national law.
Every year, thousands of people are killed, injured, raped and forced to ﬂee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated arms trade. Our campaign on the arms trade set out to change that.
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