If ratified, the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty will make it harder to ship conventional weapons to non-government entities such as this Islamist group in Somalia.
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a multilateral treaty last year to keep conventional weapons from criminals and human rights abusers, but arms continue to flow into conflict zones such as Syria and the Horn of Africa. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) seeks to regulate the $70 billion international trade in conventional arms, ranging from small arms and light weapons to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. It places no limits on a government’s ability ...
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