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Switzerland ratifies the Arms Trade Treaty | FDFA News

The Swiss Federal Council deposited its instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the United Nations in New York on 30 January 2015. The Treaty will enter into force in Switzerland after a period of 90 days.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 April 2013. In doing so, the international community reached agreement for the first time on legally binding international regulation of cross-border trade in conventional arms. The states parties of the treaty commit to introducing a national control system and to ensuring consistent, objective and non-discriminatory implementation of the treaty’s obligations. The ATT thus contributes to the prevention of illicit trade in conventional arms. Responsible conduct by the states parties is expected to contribute to international and regional security and stability and to reduce human suffering (in particular that caused by violations of international humanitarian law and human rights). The treaty entered into force on 24 December 2014 with currently 130 signatory states, of which 61 have ratified the agreement.

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