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Over 2000 MPs from 124 states in urgent call to Control Arms

World’s Parliamentarians urge UN to back Arms Treaty

The United Nations has today received the demands of over 2000 parliamentarians from 124 countries for urgent progress towards negotiation of an effective international Arms Treaty (ATT) to help save lives and prevent grave human rights abuse and the ongoing destruction of livelihoods.

With over 1,000 people being killed every day by armed violence, the parliamentarians have shown their support for an Arms Treaty by signing a declaration that will be presented to the Chair of the UN General Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee (1st Committee), Ambassador Marco Antonio Suazo Fernández, from Honduras, at a meeting at the UN on Monday.

Later this month the UN will take a crucial vote on whether to take forward plans to develop a treaty that will tighten the global trade in conventional arms, and to specifically consider how to stop transfers of weapons likely to be used for violations of international human rights law, and humanitarian law.

Parliamentarians, Ibrahim Toure from Mali, Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel from the Philippines and Gagan Thapa from Nepal will hand over the declaration signed by their counterparts from around the world.

Speaking in advance of the handover event, Ibrahim Toure from Mali, one of the first states to back an ATT, said:

“ Without an effective international treaty setting high common standards for all forms of international arms transfers covering all conventional arms, human rights and human security will continue to be at the mercy of irresponsible Armsrs."

Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel from the Philippines added:

“It is a privilege to represent the thousands of parliamentarians around the world who have declared their backing for stronger controls on the Arms. We are all too aware of the huge human cost of arms misuse and we urge the states of the UN to vote to take forward a global legally binding Arms Treaty."

Gagan Thapa from Nepal, added:

“As parliamentarians we collectively represent hundreds of thousands of people. We know that millions of men and Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights around the world support tougher controls on the Arms. That’s why we are urging all states to take urgent action to Control Arms.”

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