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Bulgaria,South Sudan,Israel

Israel Gun Trade 'Helping to Fuel South Sudan War,' Says UN

20 October 2016

Times of Israel

A United Nations panel of experts found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, including from Israel, that are fueling the war in South Sudan. In a confidential report to the Security Council obtained by AFP on Thursday, the panel described the arms deals that are not recent and involve Israeli and Bulgarian firms. The Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to try to end the fighting... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,United States,Ukraine,United Kingdom,Yemen,Libya,Iran,Czech Republic,Syria,Italy,Bulgaria,Afghanistan,Saudi Arabia,France

World Powers Accused of Violating Arms Trade Treaty [ES]

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Germany,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Slovakia,Moldova,Ukraine,Egypt,Italy,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United States,South Sudan,Syria,Yemen

UN: No Tolerance for States Who Flout Arms Trade Treaty

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

Killer Facts: The Scale of the Global Arms Trade, Gun Totals

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

Over 200 Firearms Collected from Militia in South Sudan

7 July 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

Authorities in South Sudan's Warrap state have collected over 200 firearms from a Gelweng militia in Aguok centre. A minister of the proposed Gogrial state Adior Kuol Amum said the disarmament exercise took place following a visit by deputy governor Santino Akot Abem. "This indicates the youth are ready for peace because they will be one enjoys fruit of peace," Adior said. The move is in line with peace resolutions signed in May between the Aguok and Apuk communities... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

Tighter Gun Control Bill Discussed Once More in South Sudan

12 April 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan parliament sat Monday after nearly four weeks of having no sitting over disagreements on what agenda should be put before parliamentarians. The sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker Mark Nyipoch discussed a joint report of the specialized standing committee for Defence, security and public order and the committee of legislation and justice on the Firearms Bill 2016. The report was presented by the chairperson of the security committee Samuel Duwar Deng... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

South Sudan Parliament Deliberates on New Gun Control Bill

10 December 2015

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly on Wednesday deliberated a firearms control bill presented by the head of parliament's committee of defense and security Hon. Samuel Duar Deng. While tabling the bill for its second reading, Deng requested the lawmakers to deliberate and pass it into law. Meanwhile, the Minority Leader Onyoti Adigo described the bill as important but he questioned why cabinet members were not present in the house to discuss the issue. "Now,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iran,Bulgaria,South Sudan,Sudan,Africa,Congo (DRC)

Chasing Bullets, Firearms in the Democratic Republic of Congo

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

South Sudan's Police Seized 6,000 Firearms in 2014

19 April 2014

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan's Minister of Interior Gen. Aleu Ayieny Aleu announced on Friday that the police captured 6,000 arms in searches in Juba since last month, mostly from the hands of 'the youth.' On Friday the interior minister noted at a press conference that people were using the arms mostly for killing and robberies: "The thieves who are killing and attacking people in Juba are mostly the youth, and they have arms and I have collected not less than 6,000 arms in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Liberia,South Sudan,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas,Haiti

Over 400,000 People Murdered Worldwide in 2012, 40 Percent Caused by Guns

10 April 2014

UN Dispatch (New York)

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports. "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to understand how violent crime is plaguing countries around the world,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

South Sudan Authorities Find Thousands of Guns in Search of Houses

24 March 2014

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Security officials in South Sudan on Sunday conducted house-to-house searches for weapons in operation aimed at obtaining illegal arms among residents on the capital, Juba. The early morning swoop, which took many unaware, also saw several checkpoints created on roads within Juba, limiting up and down movements. Over the last few weeks, however, Juba has experienced less shootings compared to the early days of the mid-December conflict and the weeks that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,South Sudan

South Sudan Authorities Trained to Mark, Trace Guns

27 November 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, through it disarmament, demobilization and reintegration work is providing intensive training to the South Sudan security services in order to create a national Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control. A composite group from South Sudan's army (SPLA), the South Sudanese Police Service, National Security, Wildlife and Prison Services have participated in an intensive 12-day training funded by the UNMISS... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,Somalia,Burundi,Liberia,Ghana,United States,Europe,Zimbabwe,Uganda,Tanzania,Sudan,Nigeria,Namibia,Kenya,Ethiopia,Africa

How Disarmament in Africa Got More Complicated

5 November 2013

IPI Global Observatory

Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent's many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,South Sudan

South African Group to Mark, Record Weapons in South Sudan

26 August 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

The United Nations (UN) has enlisted the services of a South African partnership to establish a weapons marking and identification system in South Sudan. The marking and identification process is unique in Africa and was designed and developed in South Africa by a partnership of FACTT, a software development company, and Traceability Solutions, a hardware development and manufacturing organisation. "If ever there was a baptism by fire for our product, this is it,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

South Sudan Bans Possession of Guns by 'Unauthorized Personnel'

17 August 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — South Sudan's interior ministry has issued an order banning unauthorized personnel from carrying any type of weapon and canceling licenses not bearing the signature of the interior minister. "From now onward, guns and all other types of weapons owned by police personnel and other organized forces will have to be kept in stores. All the police personnel on duty will no longer be able to carry their personal weapons in the public", Aleu Ayieny Aleu, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,South Sudan

South Sudan: Challenge of Disarming a Nation

4 July 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

Unrest and suspicion of police means few are willing to give up their share of the 3m small arms and light weapons in circulation Ending insecurity and extending the new government's writ across South Sudan, a country roughly the size of France, is one of the main challenges facing its struggling leadership. But the prevalence of large numbers of mostly unregulated small arms and light weapons – an estimated 3m are in circulation – makes this daunting task all the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,Sudan

Sudan Authorities Recover 500 Guns in Disarmament Campaign

12 June 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Over 500 illegal firearms have been collected over the last week from civilians in Unity state's Koch, Rubkotna and Mayom counties, according to the military. The commander of the fourth division of South Sudan's army - the SPLA - Maj Gen James Koang Chuol, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that disarmament exercise was ordered by governor, Taban Deng Gai, to address the deteriorating security situation in the three counties. Over 22 people were killed in... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,Sudan

Over 80 Guns Confiscated in Sudanese Disarmament Campaign

30 May 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

BOR — The commissioner of South Sudan's police in Jonglei state has reported 85 AK47 rifles, 1 PKM machine guns and a number of pistols have been confiscated from civilians in a disarmament clampdown in Bor town on May 29. "We targeted some residential houses in Bor, we searched for guns only but the our security forces had no problems with the people living here", General Majok Adol said. Sources said the disarmament-targeted houses of the individuals who were... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

Some 437,000 People Murdered Worldwide in 2012 - UNODC Study

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan,South Sudan

Sudanese Officials Call for Citizens to Disarm Voluntarily

2 March 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

Bentiu — Local leaders in Unity state called for a new round of voluntarily civilian disarmament at a two-day conference in Bentiu last week to address the issue of violent crime and cattle raiding. The conference, facilitated by the Conflict Mitigation and Stabilization Initiative (CMSI) brought chiefs, executives directors, civil society groups and police officers from Unity state's nine counties together to discuss how to persuade civilians to handover illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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