To prohibit the transfer of defense articles and defense services to the governments of foreign countries that are engaging in gross violations of internationally-recognized human rights, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Arms Sale Responsibility Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS PROVISIONS.
(a) Transfer of Conventional Arms.--It is the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to maintain adherence to a policy of restraint in transferring conventional arms if evidence exists of substantial risk that such arms will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. (b) Arms Control Agreements.--In furtherance of the policy described in subsection (a), the President, in negotiating any conventional arms control agreement, should undertake a concerted effort-- (1) to encourage the national control list of each party to the agreement to cover all types of weaponry, munitions, armaments and related material used for potentially lethal force in military and law enforcement operations, as well as any parts, components and accessories thereof, and machines, technologies and technical expertise for making, developing and maintaining those items; (2) to conduct an effective inquiry and meaningful assessment of each application or proposal for authorization to export or internationally transfer arms on a case-by-case basis; (3) to deny an arms transfer authorization if there...