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Mali

Study Finds 4,827 Guns Manufactured Each Year in Mali [FR]

29 May 2016

Mali Jet

[Translated summary: A study from the National Commission of the Fight Against the Proliferation of Light Weapons of Mali revealed that 4,827 are manufactured each year.] Les armes de petits calibres font une victime par minute à travers le monde. La présidente de la Commission nationale de lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères, a présidé le jeudi et vendredi un atelier sur la problématique de lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

Nations, Agencies Gather for West Africa Gun Control Talks

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia,Chad,Egypt,Libya,Turkey,Qatar,Mali,Syria,Russia,North Africa,Africa,Nigeria,Niger

Libya's Guns Free-For-All Fuels Region's Turmoil

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

TRIPOLI — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana,Mali,Togo,Côte d'Ivoire

Small Arms Commission Begins Nationwide Marking of Weapons in Ghana

19 March 2014

Ghana Web

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has begun a nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies. The exercise which started with the military will be extended to other security agencies such as the Police, prisons, immigration and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS). The marking of weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms to make them easily identifiable and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

Post-Uprising Gun Proliferation is Destabilising the Middle East

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Algeria

Algeria Authorities Intercept Arms Being Smuggled to Mali

16 April 2013

Magharebia (USA)

Algerian security forces on Saturday (April 13th) intercepted an arms shipment from Libya to terrorists in northern Mali. Special Forces eliminated five terrorists during the operation. They reportedly belonged to al-Qaeda splinter group Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and were in charge of protecting the arms shipment. Wakt El Djazair quoted a security source as saying that a counter-terrorism military unit, supported by two helicopters, was able... (GunPolicy.org)

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Egypt,Liberia,Mali,Palestine,Chad,Somalia,Tunisia,Algeria,Niger

Egypt Major Recipient of Illicit Libyan Weapons: UN Report

10 April 2013

Daily News (Egypt)

The United Nations published a report on Tuesday which concludes that weapons used during the Libyan civil war against Muammar Gaddafi are being funnelled at an alarming rate to other countries in the region. The report said these weapons have been found to be used in the recent war in Mali, the West Bank in Palestine and the ongoing Syrian civil war, with Egypt and the Sahel region receiving the most significant amounts. The report said these weapons are fuelling... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,Algeria,Tunisia,Mali

Tunisia, Algeria, Libya Work to End Gun Trafficking [FR]

29 January 2013

Jeune Afrique (Paris) / Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Special forces have been deployed to guard Tunisian oil and gas installations after workers were kidnapped. Tunisia, Algeria and Libya have signed as agreement to address increased trafficking of weapons and other items.] Dans le centre du pays, à Kasserine, deux agents des forces tunisiennes ont été blessés lors de heurts avec des jihadistes présumés dans la nuit du lundi 28 au mardi 29 janvier. Des forces spéciales sont déployées depuis... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Libya,United States,West Africa,Niger

Internationalist Blog: How Libyan Weapons Fueled Mali's Violence

29 January 2013

Council on Foreign Relations, Blog

The violence that has plagued once-stable Mali since late 2011 should have come as no surprise to Western governments, for it is a direct function of NATO's Libyan intervention. By adopting a "light footprint" approach in Libya, the alliance unwittingly contributed to a security vacuum that allowed countless weapons to stream out of Libya and fuel insurgency, extremism, and crime in neighboring countries. One of these countries was Mali, where the flood of weapons from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Egypt,Niger,Libya,Belgium,Mali,Palestine,Israel

Experts Suspect Belgian-Made Guns Trafficked from Libya to Gaza

19 November 2012

Foreign Policy

There's one big problem with small arms: They don't come with an expiration date. These reliable killing machines pass from dead soldiers to living insurgents, and from a country's armory to a militia's safe house thousands of miles away. As soon as weapons crates cross international borders, arms-producing countries lose control over where they head next - a fact on full display during recent conflicts across the Middle East, and now in the Gaza Strip. On Nov. 17,... (GunPolicy.org)

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North Africa,Libya,Mali,Egypt,Qatar

Concerns Over Weapons Availability, 'Gangster' Culture in Libya

14 November 2012

Qantara (Germany)

Market day in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. In the old town quarter of Assabri, traders spread out their wares on folding tables and car bonnets: pistols, machine guns, grenades, ammunition. There's even the odd rocket-propelled grenade on offer. Potential buyers lug bags full of bundles of cash; Libya's largest banknote is the ten dinar note. "Can I try it out?" asks a customer holding the hand of a small child, grabbing hold of an AK-47 and firing it into... (GunPolicy.org)

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Niger,Mali,Libya,Algeria

Algeria Authorities Thwart Arms Smuggling Across Libya Border

21 September 2012

Magharebia (USA)

Algerian security forces are struggling to cope with arms smuggling gangs that have stepped up their operations along the southern border, prompting the Algerian army to intensify its presence across some rugged border crossings currently exploited by smugglers. Forces from the People's National Army in the border area adjacent to Libya recently succeeded in confiscating 32 weapons and 14,000 rounds of ammunition in one operation near Karat Alain, south of Djanet in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Liberia,Côte d'Ivoire,Ghana

Locally Made Guns Constitute 80% of Guns Found at Crime Scenes in Ghana

30 June 2012

Peace FM Online (Ghana)

Locally manufactured small arms and ballistic weapons constitute more than 80 percent of weapons found at all crime scenes in Ghana, police sources have disclosed. Security agencies are partly crippled in their capacity to put these local producers under effective checks because there are currently no specific working regulations guarding gun production in the country. DAILY GUIDE investigations indicate there are about one million illicit small arms (short guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC),Central African Republic,Niger,Côte d'Ivoire,Mali,Congo (ROC)

Towards the Support of Congo in the Fight against Small Arms [FR]

25 May 2012

Afriquinfos / Xinhua

[Translated summary: The representative of the Regional Center on Small Arms (RCSA), Marie Claire Bisamaza, reiterated the will of the organisation to support the Republic of Congo in implementing a National Plan of Action aiming at protecting the territory against proliferation of small arms and light weapons.] BRAZZAVILLE - La représentante du Regional Center on Small Arms (RCSA), Marie Claire Bisamaza, a traduit jeudi à Brazzaville, la volonté de son institution... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,Ghana,Mali,Liberia

African Media Tasked to Assist Security Agencies Fight Arms Trafficking

20 April 2012

Ghana News Agency

Mr Jones Applerh, Executive Secretary, Small Arms and Light Weapons Commission, (SALW), on Friday appealed to the media to help security agencies control small arms proliferation in the country, especially before, during and after the December polls. He urged the media to use the power of mass communication to expose the dangers of illicit proliferation of small arms into Ghana and other West African States. Mr Applerh was addressing a three-day capacity building... (GunPolicy.org)

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Senegal,Tunisia,Latvia,France,Romania,Mali,Guinea,Ghana,Europe,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Belarus

Belarus FM Denies Reports of Illegal Arms Transfers to Côte d'Ivoire

20 April 2012

Telegraf (Belarus)

Spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh denied reports of arms shipments to Côte d'Ivoire in violation of the UN sanctions. "It's not even an accusation; it's a clumsy attempt of individual journalists to muddy the waters, as the proverb says," he said. "The Belarusian side has been always cooperating openly with experts from the UN Security Council Committee on Côte d'Ivoire, whose reports these pseudo-journalists referred to. If they really... (GunPolicy.org)

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Qatar,East Africa,Russia,North Korea,China,West Asia,North Africa,Syria,Mali,Libya,Belgium,West Africa

Small Arms Manufactured in Belgium Proliferate in Libya, Mali [FR]

11 April 2012

L'Express (France) / AFP

[Translated summary: Notwithstanding risks of proliferation, small arms manufactured in Belgium circulate in Libya, Mali, and maybe tomorrow in Syria? Belgium is the biggest european exporter of small arms: in 2010, 32% of european exports of small arms to Middle East and North Africa came from this country.] Malgré les mises en garde à Bruxelles sur les risques de prolifération, les armes légères fabriquées en Belgique circulent de la Libye au Mali. Et demain,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Côte d'Ivoire,Mali,Togo,West Africa,Ghana,Kenya

Ghana National Security Receives Firearm Marking Machines

7 March 2012

Ghana News Agency

The Regional Centre for Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) based in Kenya, on Wednesday presented two weapon marking machines to Ghana in efforts to eliminate the illicit trade and proliferation of small arms and weapons. The donation was made during a three-day training programme for security personnel on weapons marking and record-keeping in Accra and organised in collaboration with the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NACSA) and Ministry of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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North Africa,China,Ukraine,Chad,Mali,Niger,France,Europe,United States,Libya

Hundreds of Thousands of Libyan Assault Rifles Looking for New Owners?

15 November 2011

Time (USA)

More than three weeks after Libya's rebels killed Muammar Gaddafi, arms experts say the task of finding and securing the mountain of weaponry abandoned by Gaddafi's forces in their final rout has been complicated by a lack of international funding and coordination, as well as conflicting priorities among Western and African governments about which weapons pose the biggest threat. While U.S. and European officials have sounded the alarm about the threat posted to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria,France,Mauritania,Mali,Israel,Egypt,United States,West Africa,Niger,North Africa,Libya

Smuggled Libyan Arms Threaten to Destabilise Swath of African Continent

12 November 2011

Wall Street Journal

Weapons smuggled from Libya after the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's government are flowing through the surrounding region, the president of the west African nation of Niger said Friday, a development that threatens to destabilize a swath of the continent already struggling against ethnic unrest and a regional branch of al Qaeda. "Arms were stolen in Libya and are being disseminated all over the region," President Mahamadou Issoufou told reporters following a meeting... (GunPolicy.org)

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