The UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed the first treaty regulating the conventional arms trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry.
Only Syria, North Korea and Iran — which had blocked the measure last week — voted against, but two of the world’s most prolific arms traders, Russia and China, and major buyers Egypt and India, were among the 23 that abstained.
Countries abiding by the treaty would establish national controls on arms exports, and would have to ensure that weapons being exported would not be used in genocide, war crimes, or by terrorists or organized crime.
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This is a great bill and a historic moment for the UN. I sincerlley hope this works out, can have a great impact on war crimes, genocide, and civil wars in general.