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United Arab Emirates,Turkmenistan,Oman,Belgium,Bahrain,Israel,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Ukraine,France,Russia,China

UK, Second Largest Gun Exporter, Arms the Middle East [FR]

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms. Between 2010 and 2015, the UK has sold weapons worth 10 million pounds to Oman, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are classified as "Non-free" by the Freedom House NGO. Other countries that buy from the UK are Saudi Arabia and Israel.] Le Royaume-Uni est le deuxième plus grand exportateur d'armes du monde sur les 10 dernières années et devant des pays comme la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jordan,Lebanon,Kuwait,Qatar,United Arab Emirates,Bahrain,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,Egypt,European Union,Switzerland,United States

Arms Trade Treaty Member Nations Flout Gun Trade Rules [FR]

26 August 2016

SwissInfo

[Translated summary: Many countries that have signed the Arms Trade Treaty continue to ignore the rules. Only Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden have been completely transparent about their trade. US, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy continue to sell arms to Egypt which translates into the torture and death of hundreds of people.] Disposer d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, c'est bien. Encore faut-il qu'il soit respecté. Pour Amnesty International, trop... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Bahraini Man Sentenced to Death After Gun Homicide

26 June 2014

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A Bahraini has been sentenced to death for the vicious murder of a 20-year-old fugitive who allegedly posed as a woman looking for a date. Hussain Ebrahim Hussain died after being shot twice, repeatedly stabbed with a screwdriver, beaten with a metal bar and a wrench and hit with stones. His 40-year-old killer Sayed Haitham Adnan Qahiri was found guilty of premeditated murder and possessing and smuggling an unlicensed firearm by the High Criminal Court yesterday. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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Bahrain,Saudi Arabia

Saudi Man Avoids Bahrain Jail After 'Showing Off' Unlicensed Handgun

14 May 2014

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A man who pulled out a gun in a Manama bar will avoid prison. The 59-year-old Saudi was "showing off" his newly purchased firearm to a Bahraini in April 2012. He told him he had just bought the 6.5mm Italian handgun from a man in the street outside. However, the 29-year-old customer he showed it to alerted hotel security guards, who called police. The High Criminal Court convicted him of possessing an unlicensed weapon and ammunition, but handed him a suspended... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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United States,Italy,United Kingdom,Japan,South Korea,Bahrain,Germany

Local Gun Control Laws Make Overseas US Military Bases 'Safer'

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S. "For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday. Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Men on Trial in Bahrain After Arms Warehouse Find

17 February 2014

Trade Arabia

MANAMA - A secret underground weapons warehouse was used to hide machine guns, handguns, silencers and more than 3,000 bullets, a court heard. The ammunition and weapons, including five AK-47 assault rifles, five 9mm pistols and five silencers, were stashed in a covert bomb-making factory that was purpose-dug at a farm in Tubli, according to prosecutors reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication. They said bird cages were used to camouflage the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

Canada Increases Gun Exports to Countries with 'Dubious' Human Rights

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Bahrain Signs UN Arms Treaty

23 November 2013

Bahrain News Agency

NEW YORK - The Kingdom of Bahrain signed yesterday the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN headquarters here. The treaty was signed by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UN, Ambassador Jamal Faris Al Ruwaei. The signing of the treaty is in line with the Kingdom of Bahrain's commitment to the UN goals and principles related to disarmament through joining the relevant international conventions and treaties, in order to achieve... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Bahraini Man on Trial for Illegal Gun Possession, Drugs

9 October 2013

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A man is standing trial for allegedly selling drugs and possessing two unlicensed weapons. The Bahraini is charged with selling hashish, possessing prescription pills and possessing two firearms and ammunition at the High Criminal Court. The 29-year-old is standing trial along with two other Bahrainis, aged 25 and 30. His 25-year-old co-defendant is charged with selling hashish and possessing prescription pills, while the 30-year-old is accused of possessing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Bahrain Authorities Investigate After Hidden Guns, Ammo Found

4 July 2013

Bahrain News Agency

Manama – Interior Ministry announced that the efforts of the policemen resulted in confiscating firearms and ammunition from a depot in Tobli area this morning, where it was raided based on prior investigations, which led to the discovery of a hidden underground storage containing Kalashnikovs, guns and a large amount of ammunition, in addition to a number of silencers for the guns, and materials used in manufacturing explosives. Meanwhile, the required measures... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

Armed Fugitive Admits Gun Smuggling in Bahrain

27 May 2013

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

An armed fugitive who tried to shoot policemen as he was arrested in Bani Jamra has confessed to being part of a gang that smuggled guns into Bahrain. Redha Abdulla Isa reportedly admitted bringing a "large number" of automatic weapons and pistols that were used to attack police, as he appeared at the Public Prosecution yesterday. He also confessed to making explosives and is wanted by police in connection with a car blast outside the Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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Nepal,Bahrain

Nepal Police Concerned Over Rise in Illegal Guns, Crime in Valley

17 April 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Metropolitan Police Circle, Balaju, raided a rented house at Mitranagar, and rounded up four crime suspects with a cache of illegal weapons yesterday. Acting on intelligence input, an MPC team backed by local armed police had cordoned off the house late at night before carrying out a thorough search in all rooms. Officials informed that Yam Bahadur Thapa, 23, of Gorkha, his sister-in-law Alisha Gurung, 20, of Gorkha, Pankaj Malla, 19, of Banke and Rudra... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tunisia,Egypt,Qatar,United Arab Emirates,Kuwait,Bahrain,Oman,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Iran,United States

How US, Middle East Gun Laws Measure Up

19 December 2012

Al Arabiya (Dubai)

The fatal Dec. 14 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut which claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 innocent children under 10 once again brought to light the dilemma of gun ownership in the United States and despite the fact that it received no response from the gun rights advocates but a deafening silence, laid emphasis on the necessity for the United States to revise its gun policies. The shooting rampage, in which a mentally... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom

UK Sells Weapons to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia Amid Human Rights Concerns

23 October 2012

Guardian (UK), Blog

MPs have finally recognised what has been blatantly obvious for a long time: human rights and arms exports do not go well together. This conflict always made a nonsense of the Labour government's call for an "ethical dimension" in foreign policy though the late Robin Cook did his best to try and reconcile Britain's role as one of the biggest sellers of weapons with its stated aim of protecting human rights around the world. Now, the House of Commons foreign affairs... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom,Libya,Sweden,Egypt,Bahrain

British MPs Say Arms Exports Need More Oversight

17 September 2012

Guardian (UK)

British arms exports should be subjected to prior scrutiny by MPs and the risk that the weapons could be used for internal repression must be assessed much more effectively than in the past, two leading members of Labour's shadow cabinet have told the Guardian. A radical shift in Labour's policy on the arms trade, with tougher controls, and greater transparency and accountability, is spelt out by Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy, the shadow foreign and defence... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oman,Saudi Arabia,Bahrain,Kuwait

Friend Kills Groom at Kuwait Wedding with Celebratory Gunfire

22 August 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

KUWAIT CITY - A Kuwaiti groom was killed on his wedding day after his friend accidentally shot him. The friend, who surrendered to police, shot Abdullah Al Khaldi, 24, inside a car that was taking the wedding party to the marriage celebration. Mr Khaldi, who worked for the ministry of defence, died before reaching hospital. The incident, in Al Jahra neighbourhood of Kuwait City, has reignited a debate about civilian possession of firearms, which is legal in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Falkland Islands,Argentina,Bahrain,United Kingdom

Arab Spring Demands Change in UK Small Arms Export Policy - Report

13 July 2012

Al Arabiya / AFP

Britain must exercise more caution in granting licenses for the export of arms to authoritarian regimes such as Bahrain in light of the Arab Spring uprisings, a parliamentary report has urged. A Commons select committee review of export controls also revealed that Britain's Foreign Office (FCO) is concerned about the sale of equipment to Argentina amid tensions over the Falkland Islands, the Guardian reported Friday. Select committee chairman John Stanley said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

Brazil Arms Exports: Country Preaches Peace, Sells Tons of Arms

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan,China,Egypt,Bahrain,Libya,Germany,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

At Last, the World Acts to Control Global Arms Trade, UN Talks Begin this Week

12 February 2012

Independent (Dublin)

The global arms trade, which produces two bullets for every person on the planet every year and the weapons that kill 1,500 people each day, is facing the first worldwide effort to control it. An unprecedented treaty that would attempt to restrict arms sales is expected to be drawn up at talks in the United Nations this week. A campaign for such an agreement, begun six years ago by Nobel laureates, faces attempts by the United States and Russia to water the treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,Germany,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,Belgium,Austria,Yemen,Syria,Libya,Egypt,Bahrain,West Asia,North Africa,Europe,Russia,United States

Major Arms Exporters Accused of Mideast Gun Sales Before Human Rights

24 October 2011

al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year's uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. The human rights group reports that in the five years preceding the Arab spring $2.4bn... (GunPolicy.org)

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