Thursday, April 4, 2013
UN: Iran, North Korea and Syria cynically block lifesaving arms treaty
This article is about United Nation’s decision to put Arms Trade Treaty into practice. Arms Trade Treaty is to prohibit states from transferring conventional weapons to countries like Iran, North Korea and Syria when they know those weapons will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
“When you think of the huge economic interest and the political power in play for the big arms producers and exporters, this treaty is a tribute to both civil society who championed the idea to save lives and reduce human suffering as well as the governments who heeded that call” said Widney Brown.
In the next four years, the annual trade in conventional weapons, ammunition and components and parts will exceed $100 billion. However, in the UN General Assembly 154 states coted to adopt Arms Trade Treaty. This shows that the world is putting human rights to priority to money from imported weapon goods. Despite Iran, North Korea and Syria’s deeply cynical attempt to stymie it, the overwhelming majority of the world’s nations have shown resounding support for this lifesaving treaty with human rights protection as its core.
At this time especially when North Korea had just declared to break the armistice with South Korea and keep testing nuclear weapon to threat the world, Arms Trade Treaty is very important and will play a major role to weaken North Korea’s armed force. Arms Trade Treaty could prevent the severe war in a long term because North Korea will eventually run out of armed weapons to use in the war.