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Ask President Obama to make the Arms Trade Treaty bulletproof!


Right now, there are fewer international laws on arms dealing than there are on the trade of bananas.

The irresponsible arms trade fuels serious human rights abuses, armed violence, poverty, and conflict around the world. In many areas of the world, armed conflict and poverty go hand-in-hand. For people working to lift themselves out of poverty and living in communities plagued by armed violence, the poor regulation of conventional weapons threatens both lives and livelihoods.

After nearly a decade of campaigning by Oxfam and partners for tighter international control of the arms trade so that deadly weapons do not reach the hands of human rights abusers and war criminals, the world is gathering at the United Nations to negotiate the Arms Trade Treaty.

A bulletproof arms trade treaty – and the safety it can bring to families around the world – is a vital part of our fight against poverty and injustice. This is an historic opportunity to help save lives, prevent human rights abuses, and protect the livelihoods of people around the world.

President Obama and his negotiating team need to hear from you: tell them you want a robust arms trade treaty that puts human rights first.

Act now: Ask President Obama to make the Arms Trade Treaty bulletproof.

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Dear President Obama:

I am writing to urge you to ensure your administration supports a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) when negotiations at the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the ATT open in early July.

The irresponsible and poorly regulated arms trade fuels serious human rights abuses, armed violence, poverty and conflict around the world. This could be changed now with an Arms Trade Treaty.

Millions of people are being killed, injured, raped, repressed and forced to flee their homes every year. Health, education and other services are being denied and livelihoods destroyed. The world needs a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will prevent arms transfers if they are likely to contribute directly to serious human rights abuses, war crimes or poverty. The Treaty must cover all conventional arms including ammunition.

Please support and ensure US negotiators work with other governments in support of a Treaty that sets clear humanitarian standards with a strong arms transfer criteria linked to protection of human rights, international humanitarian law, and sustainable development. The Treaty must include ammunition and all conventional weapons and all types of transfer in the state-sanctioned and commercial trade.

I ask that the US government work with other governments to secure an ATT that effectively prevents arms from fuelling such atrocities and abuses. Thank you for your administration's continued support of the ATT. It is important that your negotiating team supports a treaty that will save lives, prevent human rights abuses, and protect the livelihoods of people around the world.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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