2012 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 9, 2012
South African author Andrew Feinstein describes the role of the global arms trade in human rights violations occurring all around the world. Feinstein explains that the weapons trade enables conflict and oppression, and corrodes democracy and economic opportunities while increasing corruption. Feinstein criticizes the U.S. as the weapons super power of the world, the leader of the formal government-to-government trade that is inextricably linked to the illicit weapons trade. He believes citizens must demand transparency and regulation to bring about an end to the violations fueled by the global arms trade.