Algeria Seizes Many Guns at Tunisian and Libyan Borders [FR]
16 November 2016
[Translated summary: Algerian Customs have seized a large number of firearms at the borders with Tunisia and Libya. The guns are very sophisticated and equipped with new technologies. They belong to trafficking networks and terrorists from Libya, where there are 20,000 illegal firearms in circulation.]
Les services de la Douane algérienne ont intensifié récemment leur présence au niveau des frontières avec le Maroc et la Tunisie et ce en ayant recours à d'autres... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Réalités (Tunisia)
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Post-Uprising Gun Proliferation is Destabilising the Middle East
20 February 2014
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)
Read More: Fair Observer
Traveller Arrested With Gun at Tunis Airport [FR]
25 November 2013
Business News (Tunis)
[Translated summary: A traveller from France was arrested at the Tunis-Carthage airport for possession of a firearm.]
Un voyageur en provenance de Paris vient d'être arrêté aujourd'hui, lundi 25 novembre 2013, à l'aéroport Tunis-Carthage pour possession d'armes, qu'il transporte dans une valise voyageant sur un autre vol.
Les autorités tunisiennes ont été informées par leurs homologues français de l'existence de cette valise, arrivée à Tunis sans son... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Business News (Tunis)
Tunisia, Algeria Work Together to Combat Gun Smuggling
25 September 2013
Terrorist groups are looking to profit from porous borders to smuggle weapons into Tunisia, local law agencies and international police organisations warn.
"Tunisia is living with the threat of the proliferation of weapons because it is a neighbour of Libya," Theoneste Mutsindashyak, the head of the Regional Centre on Small Arms, said at a recent Interpol conference in Algeria.
Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou raised the same alarm to National Constituent... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Magharebia (USA)
Tunisian Police Seize Guns, Grenades in National Operation
21 July 2013
TUNIS - Tunisian anti-terrorist police have seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition in the capital Tunis as part of a nationwide operation, Mosaique FM reported on Sunday, quoting the Al Chourouk daily.
The report said the seized weapons, including guns and hand grenades, were found in a populous district of the capital and the towns of Nabeul and Le Kef, adding that the weapons were smuggled into Tunisia by a group of radical Islamists.
In a related event,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Xinhua
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)
Read More: Daily News (Egypt)
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Arms Proliferation and Abuse Shatter Communities in Côte d'Ivoire - AI
20 March 2013
Amnesty International (London)
Reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China to the warring parties in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade continue to fuel grave human rights abuses and violent crime in the country, Amnesty International said in a detailed report launched at the United Nations (UN) headquarters.
The 33-page report, Communities shattered by arms proliferation and abuse in Côte d'Ivoire, documents how a handful of states and a network of multinational arms... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Amnesty International (London)
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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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Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Firearm Deaths
23 July 2012
I've heard it said that, if you take a walk around Waikiki, it's only a matter of time until someone hands you a flyer of scantily clad women clutching handguns, overlaid with English and maybe Japanese text advertising one of the many local shooting ranges. The city's largest, the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club, advertises instructors fluent in Japanese, which is also the default language of its website. For years, this peculiar Hawaiian industry has explicitly targeted... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Atlantic (USA)
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An Arms Buyback for Libya? – Analysis
9 June 2012
Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)
The Libyan civil war of early 2011 was one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history, with an estimated 30,000 killed and 50,000 injured. While Muammar Gaddafi's death marked a watershed moment in Libyan history, the months of frenzied violence that preceded it saw a massive buildup of arms and munitions in the country. In the months leading up to and after his fall, Gaddafi's arms warehouses all across the country became unsecured; such was the level of... (GunPolicy.org)
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Belarus FM Denies Reports of Illegal Arms Transfers to Côte d'Ivoire
20 April 2012
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)
Read More: Telegraf (Belarus)
Illegal Arms Trade, Smuggling in Tunisia Shaken [FR]
28 February 2012
Africa Time / La Presse
[Translated summary: Illegal arms trade in Tunisia coming to an end? Apparently yes. Indeed, past weeks have seen many gun smuggling rings dismantled by Tunisia law enforcement.]
Les coups de filet, de plus en fréquents ces jours-ci, ont mis à mal le trafic, jusqu'ici prospère, des armes. Mais gare au triomphalisme…
Le trafic des armes en Tunisie commence-t-il vraiment à s'essouffler ? Est-il en train de perdre du terrain? Et puis, question capitale, est-on... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Africa Time / La Presse
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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]
27 January 2012
[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Publica (Brazil)
Import Network of Guns between Europe and Tunisia Dismantled [FR]
13 January 2012
Business News (Tunis)
Un réseau d'importation d'armes à feu et de munitions en provenance de l'Europe a été découvert et démantelé par la brigade de lutte anti-terroriste, selon une déclaration de Moez Mhadhbi, chef du service de la lutte anti-terroriste, vendredi 13 janvier 2012 à Mosaïque Fm.
Le réseau était implanté à travers le pays. Les armes, qui étaient distribuées, dans plusieurs endroits à travers la Tunisie, ont été saisies. Plusieurs individus impliqués, et... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Business News (Tunis)
Alarming UN Report Highlights Proliferation of Weapons in Libya
27 November 2011
Tunisia Live (Tunis)
Since the Libyan Revolution an alarming number of loose weapons have saturated Libyan society, according to a recent report issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Many weapons warehouses holding a wide variety of illicit firearms have been discovered all over Libya. The weapons include antipersonnel weapons, mines, bombs or heavy weapons such as the antiaircraft cannons which threaten the civil air navigation. The report also stated that Libya "has accumulated the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Tunisia Live (Tunis)
Lawmakers Report Says Britain Misjudged Its Middle East Gun Sales
5 April 2011
LONDON, United Kingdom - British lawmakers issued a critical report Tuesday showing that Britain approved sales of shotguns and tear gas to Libya, machine guns and sniper rifles to Bahrain and military technology to Yemen over the last three years.
Parliament's foreign affairs, defense, international development and business committees said in a joint report that ministers failed to consider the implications of weapons sales to the Middle East and elsewhere.
"Both the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Associated Press
EU Pressures North Africa to Combat Gun Running, Tighten Arms Control
18 December 2008
Agence France Presse
RABAT — European Union officials urged north African countries Thursday to abide by EU rules on arms trading to combat the spread of terrorism.
At a meeting in Morocco, an envoy from the French EU presidency said the aim is to improve "logistical aid, inspector training, the development of national relations and support for the UN treaty on arms control."
"This meeting on arms trading is the first one between the two sides of the Mediterranean," Jean-Luc Brunet... (GunPolicy.org)
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International Gun Trafficking Network Said Dismantled in Algeria
25 February 2007
An international arms trafficking network was recently dismantled in Constantine, east of Algiers, local media reported on Saturday.
A total of 165 rifles of different calibers, 995 cartridges, a sum of 30,300 euros (39,390 U.S. dollars), a camping-coach and two motor vehicles were seized by the Algerian security forces, according to Algerian daily Liberte.
A French national, two Tunisians and 24 Algerians implicated in this affair have been put into prison, whereas... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Xinhua