Churches Support a Humanitarian Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

On 21 October, the World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted the seminar "United Nations Hearing on the Global Arms Trade Treaty" in New York.Participants heard testimonies from those particularly affected by armed violence and human rights abuses as a result of the proliferation of small arms. Antonio Rangel Bandeira of Viva Rio, an IANSA member in Brazil, spoke about the relationship between gun trafficking and high rates of gun-related deaths. He also shared information about arms control initiatives in Brazil, such as marking of ammunition and campaigns for voluntary disarmament, which have helped reduce death rates by 11%. The meeting consolidated the support of the WCC for a legally binding ATT based on international human rights law.