Amnesty International Global Tweet-a-thon, DRC Report and Campaign Video

As part of their ongoing strategy to apply pressure on the “Big Six” arms exporters, Amnesty International is having a global Tweet-a-thon targeting the foreign ministries of the USA, UK, France, Russia and China during the Global Week of Action. Each day AI will target one of the “Big Six” countries. On Day 1 of the Global Week of Action, tweeters targeted the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who responded in turn with a positive tweet on the ATT.

To participate, use the #ArmsTreaty hashtag. The schedule is Day 2 (12 June): USA: @StateDept; Day 3 (13 June): Russia: @MFA_Russia; Day 4 (14 June): UK: http://amn.st/Jn0r1k; Day 5 (15 June): Germany: @GermanyDiplo (English) or @AuswaertigesAmt (German); Day 6 (16 June): China: general tweets using the hashtag #China. More information is available here.

On Tuesday, 12 June, Amnesty International is releasing their new report: DRC: “If you resist, we'll shoot you”: The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the case for an effective Arms Trade Treaty, available here. AI’s new 2 minute campaign video entitled “No arms for atrocities” is also a useful tool to draw attention to the ATT. Watch it here.