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[RED DEMOCRATICA] UN Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect today


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UN Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect today
The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty goes into force today, banning the sale of weapons to terrorists, dictators and human rights abusers. The treaty shows that governments, civil society and international groups are keen "to stop irresponsible arms transfers," says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (12/23), The Guardian (London) (12/23)
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