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A Syrian refugee girl in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, where new arrivals are still living in tents in the cold in harsh desert conditions. Credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

Syria needs peace, not foreign weapons

As peace talks take place in Geneva the conflict in Syria is close to entering its fourth year. The fighting continues to be fueled by arms and ammunition from far beyond the country's...

Campaigners celebrate the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty in New York, 3 June 2013. Credit: Oxfam

From a vision to a global treaty in 10 years: celebrating the Arms Trade Treaty

After 10 years of campaigning, history was made on 3 June 2013, when the Arms Trade Treaty was signed at the UN in New York. Here, Anna Macdonald, head of arms control for Oxfam, gives her thanks...

Getting it right briefing paper jacket

Getting it right: the final push to negotiate a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Advocacy officer Helena Whall on the forthcoming historic opportunity to create a binding robust treaty that will regulate the international trade in arms.  ...

Commonwealth flags

Will they take their seat at the table? Commonwealth needs to show leadership over Arms Trade Treaty

Despite the active involvement of many member states, the Commonwealth has never taken a strategic role in the UN's Arms Trade Treaty negotiations. Today, as a new report by the UK...

DR Congo: "We do not dare to go home"

Hundreds of people continue to arrive each day in Kibati. 2 million people are now displaced across the DRC; the highest figure the country has seen since 2009. ...

A women's committee attend an SGBV training session in Bweru town, Masisi Territory, North Kivu. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Irresponsibly traded arms and women’s rights – what’s the link?

As Arms Trade Treaty negotiations continue in New York, Caroline Green explains how the irresponsible trade in arms is currently undermining women's rights around the world. ...

Sales of parts for weapons must be as tightly regulated as sale of weapons themselves, says Oxfam

New treaty must avoid leaving 'dangerous loophole' The prospective new international Arms Trade Treaty must regulate the sale of parts and components being used to maintain or manufacture...

FARDC troops (Congolese army), based in Dungu, Province Orientale, DR Congo. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Violence is a development issue

Professor Jenny Pearce has worked for more than three decades in violent contexts in Latin America and the North of England, here she talks about the role that violence plays in paralysing development.  ...

Pushing a barrel of water home, during drought in Mali. Credit: Dave Clark/Oxfam

Hunger in the Sahel and international arms control: what’s the link?

With the launch of The Devil is in the Detail, Oxfam's first in a series of five papers to be released in the run up to the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July, Oxfam's arms trade policy...

Flag and 'no guns' logo on one of the Oxfam vehicles in Kitgum town. Credit: Geoff Sayer/ OXFAM

Arms control – will the UK government push for an effective Arms Trade Treaty?

Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser on conflict and author of a new paper, Stay on Target, lays out the case for governments to hold out for a top quality Arms Trade Treaty as negotiations...