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   UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade

 

A draft resolution for an international arms trade treaty is being floated by Britain, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and Kenya in the UN seeking to reduce human rights, limit the spread of terrorism, and reduce unintended suffering of millions.

 

 

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A draft resolution for an international arms trade treaty is being floated by Britain, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and Kenya in the UN seeking to reduce human rights, limit the spread of terrorism, and reduce unintended suffering of millions. The proposal would make it illegal to sell weapons to human rights abusers, harder for weapons to end up in the hands of criminals and terrorists, and regulate a USD 900 billion trade. Last year, Amnesty International says that Eastern European Governments shipped more than 240 tons of weapons to Africa 's war-torn Great Lakes region, and on to militias involved in massacres, mutilation, and mass rape.

Many rights activists rightly argue that such a treaty that would require documentation of arms sales will not undermine sovereignty of states and not curtail the ability of states to lawfully defend their citizens against oppression. The treaty does not also hamper law enforcement agencies as arms importers and exporters would simply have a set of transparent rules. They argue that the treaty will stop armed groups that do not respect to international laws from arming their cadre and unleashing violence on civilian population.

Apparently, more than 50 countries have supported this treaty and India is not one of them. Living in a dangerous neighborhood, India should not only embrace this treaty, it should also actively campaign its adoption