Activists calling for tougher regulation of the global arms trade will stage a demonstration in Perth this week to coincide with a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Both are scheduled to attend the Australia United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) defence talks at Fraser's State Reception Centre, overlooking Kings Park, on Wednesday.
Activists from organisations including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Medical Association for Prevention of War plan to lie on a carpet of red fabric surrounded by tombstones to symbolise lives lost to the arms trade.
The groups have urged the US to push for a strong international Arms Trade Treaty, which is expected to be finalised in March.
The treaty was to be finalised at a conference in New York in July this year, but negotiators could not reach a consensus in time, although the US Department of State said substantial progress was made on a draft.
The treaty aims to establish common international standards for the trade in conventional arms to help prevent them falling into the hands of terrorists, criminals, human rights violators or those subject to UN arms embargoes.
The activists said they welcomed the Obama administration's reaffirmed support for the treaty.
"However, the US has previously tried to weaken the human rights rules and the scope of the treaty by excluding ammunition and by only favouring watered-down rules on key issues," the groups said in a statement today.