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AI Switzerlandproduced four short videos in English with a class of art students in Zürich to support the ATT campaign. Watch the videos on the Amnesty Switzerland website here.

West African Amnesty International Sections are organising a football match to raise awareness for the Golden Rule in the Arms Trade Treaty. AI Sections participating in the tournament are: AI Benin, AI Burkina Faso, AI Mali, AI Senegal, AI Togo. The big finale will be on 16 June. Meanwhile, AI Côte d'Ivoire is organising a public debate and AI Mali has already collected over 10.000 signatures for the Global Appeal.

In Lublin, Poland, the local Amnesty group is organising workshops on arms control and the ATT and screening two films: 'Eyes and Ears of God', about the atrocities in Sudan and 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields', both demonstrating the effects of the arms trade in conflict zones.

In Paris, Amnesty France and partners organised a successful event in front of Eurosatory, an international security and defence exhibition displaying a wide range of arms for sale, including small arms and light weapons. Pictures are available here.The President of Amnesty France wrote an article on the international arms sales exhibition and the ATT in the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

In the lead up of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, next week, Amnesty International Mexico is participating in a national contest co-organised by Save the Children and the G-20 presidency (Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs). The children of AI Mexico staff members recorded messages about real cases of armed violence in Mexico and asking the G-20 for strong controls on the arms trade. The stories most “liked” in the contest will be taken to the negotiations.

Amnesty International Australia are doing a guerrilla marketing campaign using bloodied bullet hole imagery stickers in public spaces, such as bus stop ads, train station poster ads and toilet door signs, in order to catch the attention of passers-by. The aim is to make the public curious and go online to sign onto the Global Appeal.

As part of their ongoing strategy to apply pressure on the “Big Six” arms exporters, Amnesty International is having a global Tweet-a-thon targeting the foreign ministries of the USA, UK, France, Russia and China during the Global Week of Action. Each day AI will target one of the “Big Six” countries. On Day 1 of the Global Week of Action, tweeters targeted the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who responded in turn with a positive tweet on the ATT.

Amnesty International and the Control Arms campaign call on IANSA members to sign an online appeal to governments that calls for a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty.

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Arms sales from China and Russia are fuelling serious human rights violations in Darfur according to Amnesty International (AI). A new briefing paper documents arms flows to the region, including significant volumes of Chinese made ammunition for small arms

Amnesty International is calling for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria to prevent further human rights abuses against peaceful protesters in the country.

The Al Jazeera programme ‘Arms trade: Business before human rights?’ presents the findings of a new report by Amnesty International’s on arms sales to the Middle East and North Africa.

Armed police were responsible for 15% of violent deaths in the Dominican Republic between 2005 and 2010, according to a new report by the Dominican section of Amnesty International.

The US, Russia and European countries have supplied large quantities of weapons to Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen since 2005, despite evidence that there was a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations.

Amnesty International has condemned the use of firearms and live ammunition by police against protesters in Malawi. At least 18 people were killed and 44 injured by gunshots during anti-government demonstrations on 20-21 July.

Amnesty International has compiled this short paper outlining key elements for implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Summary report of the 13 July Side Event, “The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through compliance and enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty” Organised by The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amnesty International and IANSA at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July 11-15.

On 13 July, IANSA is co-hosting a side event on "The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through Compliance and Enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty" with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amnesty International.

The third Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT PrepCom) will take place at UN headquarters, 11-15 July.

Amnesty International have released their 2011 Annual Report.

In the new report 'Moment of Truth for Yemen', Amnesty International documents the brutal repression of a wave of protests against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh which has left 94 dead according to the organisation’s latest figures.

Amnesty international is calling for states to immediately stop the supply of arms and ammunition to Bahrain, in response to recent violence against protesters in the country, killing at least 8 people.

This report, published by IANSA and Amnesty International, examines the role an ATT can play in preventing and reducing those forms of armed violence in which conventional arms are used

The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded on 4 March.

On 16 February, Religions for Peace hosted a summit on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Birmingham, UK.

Amnesty International and campaigners worldwide are calling on their governments to immediately impose an arms embargo on Libya because firearms and other weapons have reportedly been used for serious violations of international human rights law.

‘Towards a Bullet-Proof Arms Trade Treaty’, an article written by Brian Wood and Alberto Estevez of Amnesty International, is now available on the Disarmament Times website.

As part of the Control Arms Campaign on the Arms Trade Treaty during the First Committee, The new report 'Brokers Without Borders' was launched by a panel including Luke Roughton from Oxfam New Zealand, Brian Wood of Amnesty International and Ann Charlotte Wetterik.

Amnesty International launched its new report ‘Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade Treaty’ (ATT) on 19 July. <--break->

The scale of the devastation caused by Yemeni and Saudi Arabian aerial bombardments of the northern Yemeni region of Sa’dah has been revealed in images obtained by Amnesty International.

A report into the massacre at Conakry in Guinea has found that weak arms control standards in Europe and Africa contributed to the events of last September, when 156 people were killed or disappeared, and at least 109 women were subjected to sexual violence.