How to Apply Human Rights Standards to Arms Transfer Decisions

1 October 2008

How to Apply Human Rights Standards to Arms Transfer Decisions

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Index Number: ACT 30/008/2008
Date Published: 1 October 2008

In order to achieve a more effective regulation of the international arms trade, all international transfers of conventional weaponry, munitions and equipment should be carried out in accordance with states’ legal obligations. All states have obligations under international human rights law applicable to transfers of conventional arms. The purpose of this document is to assist states and regional organisations in applying their human rights obligations. It proposes guidelines for assessing the risk of a proposed transfer being used for serious violations of human rights.


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