Life is full of contradictions. Particularly when it comes to politics. The adoption of the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty proves however, that in the end, the good guys always win.
The treaty will prohibit states from transferring weapons to countries where they may be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. Its aim is to reduce the continued flow of conventional weapons to rogue groups and terrorists, which in my opinion can’t be a bad thing.
Encouragingly, only three countries voted against the treaty – Iran, North Korea and Syria. The Treaty will be open for signature on June 3, 2013 and Australia can’t wait to sign!
After six years of negotiations, this is certainly something to celebrate.
“The world has been waiting a long time for this historic treaty…Despite Iran, North Korea and Syria’s deeply cynical attempt to stymie it, the overwhelming majority of the world’s nations have shown resounding support for this lifesaving treaty with human rights protection at its core,” said Brian Wood, Head of Arms Control and Human Rights.
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