Claims that human rights are at the heart of U.S. foreign policy are drawing scrutiny as Washington continues selling arms to Middle Eastern countries with dubious records.
The annual ATT conference tried to draw attention to the human harm caused by the trade and misuse of conventional weapons.
The Mexican government has sued U.S. gun manufacturers and retailers in a Massachusetts federal district court.
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A proposed $735 million sale of precision-guided munitions to Israel drew intense scrutiny from Congress as fighting in that country escalated last month.
But some Democrats in Congress have expressed concern and sought to put restrictions on the potential deals, which could total more than $20 billion.
Report finds U.S. accounted for 37 percent of global arms transfers from 2011–2015.
President Biden announced an end to support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.
President-elect Joe Biden is planning to tackle many foreign policy issues within the first 100 days of his administration, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Paris climate agreement, and nuclear nonproliferation, but he should also take steps to strengthen controls surrounding the transfer of conventional arms.
Congress rejected efforts to curtail U.S. arms transfers to the United Arab Emirates, but the future of the deal is uncertain with the incoming Biden administration.