New Zealand: Ratification of Arms Trade Treaty

State New Zealand
Treaty Arms Trade Treaty
Action Type Ratification
Depositary Secretary-General of the United Nations
Date 2 September 2014
Note
Declarations (Original: English)
 
“…
 
the Government of New Zealand
 
 
DECLARES that it considers that the reference to “ammunitions/munitions” in Article 3 of the Treaty means “ammunition and munitions” and that accordingly the scope of the Treaty includes both ammunition and munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2(1);
 
AND DECLARES that it considers the reference to “grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions   of 1949, attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements to which it is a Party” in Article 6(3), encompasses acts committed in international and in non-international armed conflict, and includes serious violations of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Convention of 1949 as well as, for States Parties to the relevant agreements,   war crimes as described in the Hague Convention IV of 1907 and its Regulations, the Additional Protocols of 1977 to the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;
 
AND DECLARES that it considers the effect of the term “overriding risk” in Article 7(3) is to require that it decline to authorize any export where it is determined that there is a substantial risk of any of the negative consequences in Article 7(1);
 
AND DECLARES that it considers that where a non-monetary transaction, such as a gift, loan or lease, involves the transfer or arms or items within the scope of the Treaty, such transaction will be covered by the Treaty;
 
AND DECLARES that it considers that the Treaty does not place any further restrictions on the international movement of small arms for legitimate recreational and sporting activities where there is no change in ownership of these arms;
 
AND DECLARES that it considers that all obligations in the Treaty relating to transit and trans- shipment of arms or items within the scope of the Treaty must be read in the light of Article 9 …”
 

 

NEW ZEALAND: PROVISIONAL APPLICATION UNDER ARTICLE 23
 
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, communicates the following:
The above action was effected on 2 September 2014

 

NEW ZEALAND: TERRITORIAL EXCLUSION WITH REGARD TO TOKELAU
 
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, communicates the following:
 
The above action was effected on 2 September 2014.
 
(Original: English)
 
“… consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, [the] ratification [of the Arms Trade Treaty] shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a Declaration to this effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the depository on the basis of appropriate consultation with that territory …”
 
Other Actions Signature on deposit with UN — 3 June 2013