Arms Trade Treaty & Armed Violence

Arms Trade Treaty

The draft text for the Arms Trade Treaty proposed a preambular reference to victim assistance, but without mention of human rights or states’  duty to provide humanitarian aid: “Recognizing also the challenges faced by victims of armed conflict and their need for adequate care, rehabilitation and social and economic inclusion”. It was  noted that “The states negotiating this treaty seem to have forgotten the humanitarian purpose behind it. They seem, for instance, to have cast aside any discussions related to the victims of armed violence.” See also Suggested Victim Assistance Article   and Remembering the Survivors.

Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence

The Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence commit states to implement a number of concrete measures to prevent and reduce armed violence. Systematic monitoring and measurement of armed violence, integration of efforts to combat armed violence into development plans at all levels of government and recognition of victims’ rights are key elements.

The Oslo commitments:
“Recognise the rights of victims of armed violence in a non-discriminatory manner, including provision for their adequate care and rehabilitation, as well as their social and economic inclusion, in accordance with national laws and applicable international obligations”

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development is a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development.

The Geneva Declaration’s member states:
“Recognize and ensure the rights of victims of armed violence in a non-discriminatory manner, including, inter alia, provision for their adequate care and rehabilitation, as well as their social and economic inclusion, in accordance with national laws and development plans, and applicable international commitments and obligations”

For more information see: Armed Violence & Victim Assistance

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