Urge Secretary of State Clinton to Reveal Recipient of Weapons from the U.S.

Target: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Goal: Allow for more transparency in U.S. arms trades to ensure weapons do not end up in the hands of those who will use them to commit human rights violations.

U.S. officials will not reveal the final destination of a Dutch ship carrying military cargo including weapons with explosives from the U.S., citing security reasons. They also refuse to assure the weapons won’t end up in a country where they may be used to commit human rights violations. The U.S. must allow more transparency in arms trade to ensure it is not indirectly contributing to human rights abuses.

The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command quelled fears about the weapons ending up in Egypt, assuring the cargo would not be offloaded in that country. Between December 11, 2011 and February 5, 2012, Egypt purchased at least $35 million of military cargo that was supplied on U.S. ships. Over the last year, Egyptian security and military have used excessive force against protesters. In the last five months alone, over 100 protestors were killed and thousands more injured by Egyptian security forces.

The violent actions of Egyptian military and security forces against protestors highlights the need for the establishment of a global Arms Trade Treaty to allow for more transparency in arms transfers. The U.S. opposes including ammunitions in arms that would be regulated under the treaty. It is the largest arms exporter in the world.

The U.S., along with other irresponsible arms suppliers such as Russia and China, have been documented transferring arms to countries where they are at risk of being used to commit human rights violations. Tell the U.S. to match its human rights rhetoric with its actions by assuring that no military cargo will be given to countries that may use the weapons to commit human rights violations.


Dear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

The United States is the largest arms dealer in the world, and has been documented delivering arms where they are at risk of being used to commit human rights abuses. You have a responsibility of matching your rhetoric on human rights with your actions.

The U.S. Navy confirmed that the latest ship carrying weapons from the U.S. is not going to be offloaded in Egypt. But it refuses to assure the public that the cargo won’t end up in another country where it may be used to commit human rights violations.

Our country needs to stop its hypocritical actions by disclosing the destination of all military cargo from our ports. Please provide assurance that MV Schippersgracht, or any other ship carrying military cargo from the U.S., will not deliver weapons where they will be used to violate human rights.


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