Arms control treaty passed on 02 Apr 2013 by the United Nations’ General Assembly after seven years of negotiations. The world’s first international agreement for controlling conventional weapons, “from pistols to panzer tanks,” it must still be ratified by fifty countries. States that sign the treaty agree not to export arms to countries where it appears that they might be used in crimes against humanity; one controversial point in the agreement is that it allows distribution of weapons to rebel groups if the shipments “serve to aid freedom and stability in the world.” The USA insisted on leaving that one in.
Update on 25 Sep 2013: The U.S. secretary of state signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Amnesty International praised this, noting that the U.S.A. is the world’s biggest weapons exporter, selling ca. 1/3 of the world’s arms trade to ~170 countries. 86 countries have signed the A.T.T.
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