First published in 2006 by Amnesty International International Secretariat, Revised and updated 2007.
… The Principles are proposed by a diverse group of non-governmental organizations1. The Principles reflect the content of a variety of international instruments including: international and regional treaties, declarations and resolutions of the United Nations and other multilateral and regional organisations, and model regulations intended for
national legislation. Some of the Principles reflect customary and treaty law, while others reflect widely accepted emerging norms. The compilation indicates the best general rules for effective control of international transfers of all conventional arms and ammunition. The rules reflect States’ obligations under international law while also
recognising States’ right to legitimate self-defence and law enforcement in accordance with international standards.