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UN approves authoritarian gun control treaty 

The United Nations General Assembly adopted this afternoon the first international treaty on arms trade with 154 votes in favor, 3 against (Iran, North Korea and Syria) and 23 abstentions, including Russia.

Last week, Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked the adoption of the treaty. After seven years of negotiations and two weeks of marathon sessions at the UN headquarters in New York, three countries – Iran and North Korea with arms embargoes of the UN and Syria in its third year of a conflict that has become a civil war- opposed the treaty up to the last moment of the long process of trying to regulate international trade of arms, a business worth each year 70,000 million dollars.

To be approved, the text should be voted today by a simple majority. Each country will now be free to sign or ratify the treaty, that is, the treaty is not binding unless the nations decide to sign it. The agreement will enter into force after ratification by at least 50 countries, a process that could take up to two years, according to diplomatic sources.

The document will require ratifying by all nations which includes a review of all details to ensure that weapons sold will not be used in embargoed countries that abuse human rights, or that violate international humanitarian law. Amazingly, most western powers such as the U.S., England, France as well as Eastern ones like Russia and China do exactly that.

The treaty allegedly aims to prevent the use of conventional weapons in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings housing such as schools and hospitals. Here again, those who claim to be pushing this treaty to keep civilians safa are some of the most murderous states in the world. The treaty includes weapons such as tanks, armored vehicles, combat aircraft, large caliber artillery, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers and small arms, which are the type of weapons used by civilians to defend themselves from crime.

The treaty is indeed a direct challenge to the right of people to keep and bear arms all over the world. Now, even nations without an official gun control policy will be able to confiscate small arms from citizens under the guidelines of the new United Nations Arms Treaty.

Ironically, the United States -largest arms supplier in the world, had said after last Thursday’s meeting that the draft approved at the UN aimed to achieve strong, balanced and applicable prohibitions that would increase common standards for regulating international trade in conventional weapons . “Russia’s opposition to the treaty because of “omissions” and “questionable” clauses, such as the lack of control of arms transfers to rebel groups. This is the main way Western terrorist nations manage to arm terrorist groups in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to carry out their dirty work, so no surprise about the exemption.

India had also left doubts about its voting plan Tuesday. Moscow, one of the largest exporters of weapons, complains that the text does not specifically cover arms transfers to non-state actors, such as Chad rebels and the armed opposition in Syria. India, one of the biggest buyers of arms, also harshly criticized the text.

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About the author: Luis Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 19 years and almost every form of news media. He attended Montclair State University's School of Broadcasting and also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Luis speaks English, Spanish Portuguese and Italian.

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