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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Uzbekistan,Finland,Turkmenistan,Yemen

Finland Under Scrutiny for Rising Arms Exports to Conflict Zones

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

As the global economy continues its slow recovery from the 2008–2009 worldwide recession, armament sales appear to have been one of the few recession-proof export sectors. The greater Middle East has been main emporium for such purchases. While the United States and Russia remain the world's two leading armaments exporters, other countries have also rushed in to fill niche markets, such as small arms, training aircraft and light artillery. Notably, Finland has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,Algeria,France,Germany

Germany's Arms Exports Rise to 4.03 Billion Euros [FR]

26 October 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: Germany's arms exports rose to 4.03 billion euros in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 15% in relation to the same period last year. Germany sells to Algeria and Saudi Arabia, a country that is in a controversial war with Yemen, but the Ministry of Economy explains that they have particularly restrictive rules.] Les crises internationales profitent aux industriels allemands de l'armement. Selon les chiffres publiés mercredi par le... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

Brazil's Merchants of Death: Unchecked Gun Exports Kill - NYT

23 October 2016

New York Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO — As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country's politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil's international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe. The fingerprints of Brazil's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Syria,Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe Approved €1.2 Billion Arms Sale to Middle East

30 September 2016

Jewish Business News

An investigation has found that countries in Eastern Europe discreetly approved the sale of weapons worth over €1 billion to countries in the Middle East. Those countries in turn ship weapons to war-ravaged Syria and Yemen. The hardware includes shells, anti-tank missiles, machine guns and thousands of Kalashnikov-style assault rifles. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) conducted the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Yemen

Brazil's Big Gun Maker Charged with Sales to Yemeni Trafficker

6 September 2016

Reuters

Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged Forjas Taurus SA, Latin America's largest gun maker, in May for dealing with a known Yemeni arms trafficker in violation of international sanctions, prompting the company's shares to plunge. Taurus confirmed on Monday a Reuters report that two former executives had been charged over a deal in 2013 that allegedly sent arms to Yemen's civil war, but the company said it was only a concerned party in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

Brazilian Company Taurus Sold Guns to Yemeni Trafficker [ES]

5 September 2016

Radio Formula (Mexico), Reuters

[Translated summary: Federal prosecutors in Brazil accused two former Forja Taurus executives of sending 8,000 handguns to an active Yemeni arms trafficker in 2013. Forja Taurus is a major gun manufacturer which supplies the Brazilian police and the Army, and is one of the five main gun suppliers to the American market, where it sells three-quarters of its production.] Fiscales federales en el sur de Brasil acusaron en mayo a dos ex ejecutivos de Forjas Taurus de... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Yemen,Brazil

Brazil Gun Manufacturer Sold Guns to Trafficker from Yemen

5 September 2016

Reuters

Brazil's Forjas Taurus SA, the largest weapons manufacturer in Latin America, sold guns to a known Yemeni arms trafficker who funneled them into his nation's civil war in violation of international sanctions, according to charges in court documents reviewed by Reuters. Federal prosecutors in southern Brazil charged two former executives of Forjas Taurus (FJTA4.SA) in May with shipping 8,000 handguns in 2013 to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana'a, an arms smuggler active... (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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Saudi Arabia,Yemen,United Kingdom

Oxfam Accuses UK of Being "In Denial" Over Saudi Gun Sales

24 August 2016

al Jazeera

An international aid organisation has accused British politicians of being in "denial and disarray" over the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia for potential use in the war in Yemen. Oxfam said on Tuesday that the UK was violating the International Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the transfer of conventional arms to ensure there are no violations of international humanitarian law. "UK arms and military support are fuelling a brutal war in Yemen, harming the very... (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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Yemen,United Kingdom,France,Saudi Arabia,United States

France, UK, US Urged to Halt Gun Sales to Saudi Arabia

23 August 2016

France 24

As a UN conference on the arms trade kicked off in Geneva on Monday, France, Britain and the United States came under fire from NGOs for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a controversial campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Swiss city is hosting the second conference on the UN-backed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which came into force in 2014 to lay out new rules governing the international arms trade. Advocacy groups are urging signatories to keep... (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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Yemen,Iraq,West Asia,Serbia,Syria,Saudi Arabia,Albania,France,Bulgaria,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Europe,Slovakia,Sudan

Balkan Gun Trade Fuels Crime, Terrorism in Europe, Asia

16 April 2016

Economist

The arsenal discovered in the apartment of Reda Kriket, a suspected terrorist arrested on March 24th near Paris, included explosives, Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and a machine pistol from Croatia. The terrorists who staged the attacks last November in Paris employed AK-47s made by Zastava, a Serbian manufacturer. The Kouachi brothers, who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the previous January, used Kalashnikov ammunition made in Bosnia. Whatever else these... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,Africa,United States,Asia,Yemen,Iraq,Syria

Middle East: Militias Use Facebook Groups to Sell Weapons

6 April 2016

New York Times

A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles. The Facebook posts suggest evidence of large-scale efforts to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. The weapons include many distributed by the United States to security forces and their proxies in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

US Has 5% of World's Population, 31% of Mass Shootings

23 August 2015

EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chicago - Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "The United States, Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the Top 5 countries in firearms owned per capita, according to the 2007 Small... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

Yemen's Firearms Dealers Use Social Media for Advertising, Sales

1 April 2014

Yemen Times (Sana'a)

Facebook increasingly used to sell arms Sitting among friends inside the arms shop he owns in the well-known Jahana arms market, Ali Awla busily posts photos of newly-arrived arms on his Facebook page. Several types of weapons are carefully hung inside the shop to attract customers. The Jahana arms market, which is located about 25 kilometers from Sana'a, is home to over 40 stores selling an impossibly wide range of weapons and body armor, including rocket-propelled... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

Despite Crackdowns, Firearms Still Rife in Yemen

27 March 2014

Gulf Times (Qatar) / Media Line

At the centre of the country, it's difficult to find a bottle of water to buy while you can effortlessly purchase a firearm. UN aid worker Khalid Abdu told The Media Line that during a recent visit to Sawadia District of the central province of Baydha, he found most of the shops were closed except for those selling firearms. He later learned there were tribal feuds taking place in the area. "Owners here usually close their shops before sunset, because they are afraid... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Saudi Arabia

Firearms Smuggling Attempt Foiled in Saudi Arabia

17 January 2014

Arab News (Jeddah)

JEDDAH - Border Guards in the Addayer area of Jazan foiled an attempt to smuggle firearms and ammunition through Saudi-Yemeni borders, but were unable to catch the smugglers, who fled toward Yemen's borders. "They left what they were carrying and fled back to where they came from," said Gen. Abdulaziz Al-Subhi, Jazan's Border Guard commander. He said the smugglers were spotted by a patrol that prevented the smuggling of 118 pistols and 235 magazines. Meanwhile,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas,Germany,Syria,Turkey,Vietnam,Yemen,Egypt,Georgia,India,Libya,Saudi Arabia

Questions Asked Over Germany's Arms Exports

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)

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