During the last weeks, diplomats from all over the world came to the headquarters of the United Nations in New York to discuss the international arms treaty, as we blogged in a previous post.
Many countries, including the United States, control arms exports, but there has never been an international treaty regulating the estimated $60bn global arms trade. For more than a decade, activists and some governments have been pushing for international rules to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of anti-state fighters and organised crime.
Last weekend, it became clear that Iran, Syria and North-Korea have blocked the new arms treaty which was proposed by Kenya. These 3 countries are known for their weapon embargoes and their decreasing human rights situation on a local level. The international treaty which they blocked now was meant to prevent these kinds of gruesome deeds.
It is a frustration on a global level that such small minorities can decide on such an important issue, which can save lives. A light at the tunnel is that 197 countries did vote for this treaty, and that is something to celebrate. After years and years of lobbying, we are very close to a treaty which makes rules for trading weapons.