President Donald Trump has announced his decision to pull the U.S out of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty which sets global standards for regulating transfers of conventional arms.
The ATT agreement was signed by former President of United State Barack Obama in 2013 but opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other conservative groups.
Trump said on Friday in NRA speech, We will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone.
Trump said, he planned to revoke the status of the United State as a signatory of the agreement, which the Senate never ratified.
We are taking our signature back, the president told members of the NRA.
Trump signed a document from the podium, requesting that the Senate immediately halt the ratification process and send the treaty back to him so he could annul U.S participation.
The treaty, which regulates the $70 bln business in conventional arms and aims to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers, has long been opposed by the NRA.
The lobbying group spent $30.3 million to support Trump’s presidential campaign 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a group which tracks campaign spending.
Following Trump’s decision, international human rights groups immediately reacted, denouncing the move.
Abby Maxman, the president of Oxfam America, an international anti-poverty group, said, President Trump is sending a clear message to civilians caught in the crossfire-: we don’t care.
Adotei Akwei of Amnesty International USA also said in a statement:- With this announcement, the Trump administration will re-open the floodgates for arms sales with weakened human rights criteria.
Around 100 countries have officially signed the treaty so far, and another 29, including the US, have signed it, but not yet formally joined.