Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty in Geneva this week

 

The second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is currently being held in Geneva this week. Over 100 states have registered to attend the conference. Representatives from the 87 States Parties and 46 signatories of the Treaty, including major arms exporters, are meeting at the World Trade Organisation in Rue de Lausanne, this week (August 22-26) to make practical decisions on how the ATT, which entered into force in December 2014 and is the first to regulate the $100bn global arms trade, will be implemented. 

In preparation for the conference, the Control Arms Coalition, of which Pax Christi International is a member, issued a press release calling for the CSP2 to make critical progress on holding governments accountable for upholding the ATT, including introducing mandatory public reporting of all international arms deals.

Several States Parties including the UK, Germany, France and the U.S. have so far failed to fully adhere to the Treaty and are flouting international law in plain sight by selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to Saudi Arabia, which are being used against Yemeni civilians.
 
The release from the Control Arms Coalition states:
 
Campaigners say increased transparency in the way arms deals are reported is a crucial way to put an end to such treaty violations. They are urging Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, the President of the Conference of States Parties (CSP), to take a tough approach this week in discussions on reporting, and push States to agree that all reporting must be public.
 
They have also called on States Parties to include a discussion of the grave situation in Yemen on the meeting agenda, with a view to securing their commitment to immediately halting the transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies where these are at risk of being used in Yemen.
 
For more information on the CSP2, visit these pages from the Control Arms Coalition and Reaching Critical Will.
 
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