On April 2 2013 the countries of the world passed the Arms Trade Treaty. The Treaty will create binding obligations for governments to assess all arms transfers to ensure that weapons will not be used for human rights abuses, terrorism, transnational organised crime or violations of humanitarian law.
It will require governments to refuse any transfers of weapons if there is a risk countries would use them to violate human rights or commit war crimes. The treaty also encourages transparency around arms transfers by requiring that reports be made available to State Parties.
Your action for change
Act for Peace supporters have been part of the global effort calling for a strong, effective Arms Trade Treaty that will save lives and protect livelihoods. More than 600 of you added your voices to the campaign, signing a petition calling for the Australian Government to advocate for a strong, effective treaty. On June 27 2012, Act for Peace joined other NGOs in Canberra to hand signatures to Richard Marles MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Pacific Islands Affairs, on behalf of the Australian government.
Act for Peace, has been strongly advocating for a Treaty for several years, meeting with our political leaders to discuss the issues, joining public rallies to pressure our government into action and being an active member of a global coalition calling for a strong and effective Treaty.