Around the world, armed violence leads to instability, poverty and nearly 750,000 deaths each year. The Arms Trade Treaty being discussed this week by President Obama at the United Nations could change that – but only if we close dangerous loopholes and fight for a strong treaty.
Right now, leaders are considering a major loophole that would continue to let states supply weapons to war criminals and human rights abusers by citing national security concerns. This is unacceptable, and would open the treaty up to easy exploitation by people in power who support rogue regimes, including those that suppress human rights and prey on their own populations. The Arms Trade Treaty should prevent arms transfers if there is a substantial risk the arms are likely to be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights law or war crimes – without loopholes.
Write to President Obama today and urge him to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty that considers basic human rights and protects vulnerable communities around the world.
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