Today’s armed conflicts are complex, involving multiple warring parties and their supporters within and across borders for extended periods of time. All too often, these conflicts are marked by flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. While irresponsible arms transfers challenge these norms and can prolong and intensify conflict, the Arms Trade Treaty can make a difference - but only when States Parties apply its provisions with care and consistency.
The event will explore the effects of irresponsible arms transfers on current conflicts happening in Yemen, Libya, Ethiopia/Tigray, and the Sahel. New research on arms transfers into these regions will be presented by a variety of civil society experts including Amnesty International. The presenters will also highlight how a more effective and consistent application of the ATT would help to curb IHL and international human rights violations in these regions.