UPSI Operations Manager Colin Roberts gives a speech at the United Nations, New York on behalf of Amnesty International, during the Second Preparatory Conference of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Known as a Pepcom, this event was designed to explore with member states in General Assembly the scope of the weapons to be included in the ATT. The ATT is designed to establish for the first time international agreement on controls of the arms trade, in particular the trade in small arms and light weapons.
Sharing the platform with Brigadier General Mujahid Alam (Pakistan), General Olivier Rossignol (France) speaking on behalf of Secours Catholique, and Brian Wood of the International Secretariat of AI, Colin’s speech set out how member states could think about a modular approach to categorising weapons and component parts. Drawing on his experience as a police specialist firearms officer and years of operational deployments overseas he challenged some states opposition to the inclusion of ‘ammunition’ and ‘munitions’ in the agreement. Addressing the technological advances in such weapons and their increasing lethality he echoed Amnesty International’s view that the failure to include such equipment in the ATT would be a serious mistake.
Photo By: Benoit Muracciole