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Activists Seek Global Rules To Curb Arms Trade --> Police in Daghestan display small arms seized from militants in July (ITAR-TASS) October 2, 2006 -- Leading rights organizations today issued a report that says global rules are needed to control the flow of weapons to oppressive regimes.

The report is from Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Action Network on Small Arms.

Oxfam Director Jeremy Hobbs says arms companies are globalizing, but legislation is not, and the result is the arming of regimes guilty of abuse.

The three organizations are calling for an international treaty to regulate the weapons trade.


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