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UN Arms Trade Treaty

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 10 April 2013

On 2 April 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons. The treaty prohibits states from exporting conventional weapons in violation of arms embargoes, or weapons that could be used for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or terrorism. UN member-states voted by 154 votes to 3. North Korea, Syria and Iran opposed the treaty; 23 abstained including China and Russia.

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