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We wake up every day to sad news that keeps our hearts beating with sadness. People have lost and are still losing their lives all over the world because some ill-minded people have illegal access to arms and the accessories. A month cannot pass by without us waking up to news of a guy opening fire on students in a school in USA, a man shot down by a gang in Mexico, a girl raped at gun point in South Africa, an old mother gunned down in Bamenda, Buea, Nigeria and the list is long. This is because people have easy access to what is classified “small arms or light weapons”. There is a great ill when it comes to Heavy Arms as people really don’t know the difference. Let’s make it clear that there is a huge difference as Heavy Arms deal mainly with weapons of war that could only be

acquired by a country for the military. The problem is sometimes these arms find themselves in the hands of illegal buyers and criminals thus responsible for the crimes we have in the world today. So it is important for countries to understand this and to meet up with the terms of the ATT. So what is ATT?


According to sources, the Arms Trade Treaty is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons which took full flesh on the 24th of December 2014. It is worth noting that negotiations started way back in the 20th century as rules had to be defined on the number of arms to be owned by a country, methods of arms transfers, the use of these arms and how to legally purchase these arms. Due to its importance, Article 21 of the ATT was tabled for signature at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the 23rd of June 2013 and the launching ceremony saw a total of 67 states signing the ATT, making it the fastest treaty to be signed by these states. A binding treaty governing the trade of arms, Argentina ratified the ATT on the 25th of September 2014 and the treaty reached the required 50 ratifications needed for it to enter full force. As of date 94 states have ratified the treaty and 41 states have signed but have not ratified it with Cameroon being one of them.


By not ratifying the treaty, the country risks not receiving support from state parties of the ATT in the fight against terrorist acts such as Boko Haram. Also they will not be permitted to effectively participate in conferences of state parties and thus will not be liable to vote meanwhile advantages such as the voluntary trust Fund, the fight against the illicit proliferation of Arms will be a story for the gods for these countries.
Over the last decades, thousands of people have been killed, injured, raped and forced to flee from their homes because of irresponsible arms transfers. At a time when security is a vital for the wellbeing of every nation, it is thus important to observe the ATT. In Cameroon it has been tabled at the National Assembly for discussions.

TATA DULAFE Valery

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