Protecting civilians and humanitarian action through an effective Arms Trade Treaty
09-09-2011 Publication Ref. 4069
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As long as weapons are too easily available, serious violations of IHL will be made more likely and the provision of humanitarian assistance endangered. States, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and civil society all have a role to play in promoting public awareness of the human cost of poorly regulated arms transfers. All States are encouraged to adopt a strong and comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty so that transfers of conventional arms and ammunition are not authorized if there is a clear risk that the arms will be used to commit serious violations of IHL.