India Abstains And Exposes The Arms Trade Treaty


India has been forced to abstain from voting in favour of a discriminatory global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty, aimed at laying down common international standards and limiting the illicit sale of conventional arms, was passed by the UN General Assembly with an overwhelming majority of 154 votes on April 3, 2013. Iran, North Korea and Syria voted … [Read more...]

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UN Votes To Restart Arms Treaty Talks

Conventional Arms Treaty

The UN General Assembly, on December 24, voted overwhelmingly to restart talks on a treaty regulating the global trade of conventional arms, after a similar effort failed in July. The resolution was approved 133 to 0, with 17 countries abstaining. Talks in July collapsed largely because of US reluctance to move forward with plans to establish a treaty … [Read more...]

Palestine Gets Non-Member Observer Status


On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to that of a "non-member observer state". It follows a failed bid to join the international body as a full member state in 2011 because of a lack of support in the UN Security Council. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a non-member … [Read more...]

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