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History Has Been MadeJennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
Arms Trade Treaty comes after ten years of campaigning and seven years of negotiations. While this day is historic for those who live in war torn areas of the world there is still much work to be done.
(WASHINGTON DC) - More than 500,000 people are killed by armed violence every year. The over 156 states voted in favor of the Arms Trade Treaty need to show leadership by signing and ratifying the treaty as quickly as possible.
On Monday June 3, 2013 history was made a the UN with the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty which will stop the supply of illegal arms to rebel groups around the world. THis treaty is the first ever legally binding treaty that will serve millions of people and stop unregulated arms transfers to rebel groups the world over.
Over the course of eight hours, sixty-three countries signed the treaty at the United Nations in New York and expressed their support of a strong, robust and comprehensive treaty. If 50 countries ratify this treaty within six months of signing it then the treaty will go into full effect.
Ban Ki-Moon addressed the room at the signings ceremony and stated, "With an Arms Trade Treaty in place the eyes of the world are watching arms manufacturers and governments like never before."
Control Arms, the major campaigner for for the passage of this treaty stated that, "gunrunners and dictators have been sent a clear message that their time of easy access to weapons is up." Millions of people who live in war zones everyday will begin to feel safe again once this comprehensive treaty is fully signed and enforced.
Governments have come together and said "enough is enough" and all have acknowledged that illegal arms trade is out of control and those suffering in war zones deserve peace.
The United States has agreed to sign the Arms Trade Treaty but will not be signing on Monday due to a bureaucratic process where nothing happens quickly or without challenges. The US has taken a global role with the agreement to sign this treaty; meaning they are saying "if you sign it, we will sign it." The Arms Trade Treaty is consistent with all US laws and the US was instrumental in treaty passed at the UN when talks had stalled and they have vowed to sign and support this comprehensive treaty.
The National Rifle Association has stated that they strongly oppose this treaty and have been lobbying delegations not to support the Arms Trade Treaty but they are sadly confused on this issue. The Arms Trade Treaty has absolutely nothing to do with domestic law and strictly deals with international arms dealer and weaponry only. No domestic laws will changed in any country as a result of this treaty.
This treaty comes after ten years of campaigning and seven years of negotiations. WHile this day is historic for those who live in war torn areas of the world there is still much work to be done. As one country stated, "We have words on paper, now we need action on the ground."
Past reports on the Arms Trade Treaty by Jennifer Fierberg Salem-News.com
Mar-22-2013: Legal Scrubbing is a Dirty Game
Mar-18-2013: Failure is Not an Option
Mar-27-2013: Take it or Leave it
Mar-07-2013: The Loss of Innocence
Feb-12-2013: Stand up for Love to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.
Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer was also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village. You can write to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.
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