One Shot at a Bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): Will it Hit its Target?


Rome, Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The News Service of the Comboni Missionaries – North American Province (NAP)

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Since the early 1990s, an active civil society has promoted the negotiation of a comprehensive, legally-binding treaty “to establish standards and restrictions on the international trade in conventional arms.” The month-long United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), chaired by Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritán, begins at the U.N. (New York) on July 2 and will review the much-labored Chairman’s Draft Paper based on the four preceding Preparatory Committee meetings.

Many of the positions endorsed by the Control Arms Coalition have been upheld.
The Treaty must:
(1) Stop the transfer of arms or ammunition where there is a substantial risk that they’ll be used in violation of international human rights;
(2) Include all conventional arms including their parts and ammunition, all transfers and all transactions;
(3) And be transparent, effective and have a monitoring mechanism.

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Enclosed is the July 2012 digital version of Comboni JPIC Newsletter (CJN).
Cindy Browne, Editor, CJN Newsletter
Fr. Jean Paul Pezzi, JPIC Office-NAP