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Yemen,Brazil

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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Senegal,Africa

26 September 2016

Sen 360 (France)

[Translated summary: The trade in conventional arms has caused 3,783 deaths in Africa between 2006 and 2014, according to the director of the Cabinet Ministry of the Armed Forces of Senegal. Senegal is one of the African countries that signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty.] Le commerce des armes classiques, notamment les armes de petit calibre a causé entre 2006 et 2014, 3783 décès en Afrique, a affirmé lundi à Dakar, Demba Diouf, directeur de Cabinet du... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 September 2016

National Post (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The drafting of tougher gun laws has begun, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday on the day marking the 10th anniversary of the rampage at Montreal's Dawson College by a man firing a semi-automatic assault carbine still sold legally today. Pressed by reporters as he headed into a cabinet meeting, Goodale deflected questions about the continued sale in Canada of the Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-automatic carbine, the restricted weapon used by Kimveer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 September 2016

Breitbart (USA)

The ATT has been an on again off again project of the Obama administration during both terms of his presidency, particularly his first term. In 2013 the NRA warned: "This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme [and is full of regulations and requirements that are] blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American." The treaty does this, in part, by "[urging] record keeping of end users, directing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Mexico,Central America

11 September 2016

Americas Quarterly, Letter

Dear Mister / Madam President, As the world's largest arms exporter, the U.S. plays an outsize role in fueling Latin America's insatiable addiction to firearms. To take one example, during most of the 1980s, El Salvador was the largest consumer of U.S. military hardware in the Americas, feeding one of the most vicious civil wars in Latin American history. And while the conflict ended in 1992, the legacy of its arms transfers remains: U.S. officials estimate that almost... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Switzerland

31 August 2016

Stimson Center (USA)

In a meeting that symbolized a stark contrast between the humanitarian crises occurring around the world and the comfortable and scenic gathering of governments committed to stopping irresponsible arms transfers, more than 500 people representing Arms Trade Treaty States Parties, signatories, industry, and civil society representatives met in Geneva from August 22-26 for the Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

29 August 2016

Mexidata, InSight Crime (Bogotá)

Mexico's foreign minister has blamed lax US gun control laws for the flood of illegal weapons into the country, in an unusually frank assessment of the impact of US domestic policy on violence and organized crime in Mexico. Speaking at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said loose gun control laws in the United States have undermined Mexico's own restrictions on gun sales and ownership. "[Mexico's]... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

24 August 2016

New York Times

Early this year, a Facebook user in Baghdad using the name Hussein Mahyawi posted a photograph of a slightly worn M4 assault rifle he was offering for sale. Veterans of the latest war in Iraq immediately recognized it. It was a standard American carbine equipped with a holographic sight, a foregrip that was military-issue during the occupation and a sticker bearing a digital QR code used by American forces for inventory control. Except for one detail — an aftermarket... (GunPolicy.org)

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Saudi Arabia,Yemen,United Kingdom

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

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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Switzerland

23 August 2016

Le Nouvelliste (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: After signing the Arms Trade Treaty, Switzerland provided the first annual report. Experts think it can be improved, for example, by using more exact descriptions of the exported items, which would make them easier to trace. Switzerland softened its control of arms exports in 2014 and is now selling guns to Saudi Arabia]. Suite à la signature du Traité international sur le commerce des armes (TCA), la Suisse doit fournir un rapport annuel sur les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,United Kingdom,France,Saudi Arabia,United States

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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United States,Mexico

23 August 2016

News X (India)

Mexico's Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu has asked the US Congress to restrict the sale of assault weapons as "they cause harm on both sides of the border". Massieu made this call at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, Massieu said that Mexico "places the highest priority" on this matter, as the country has suffered from the illegal arms trade,... (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

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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New Caledonia,Vanuatu,Tuvalu,Tonga,Solomon Islands,Samoa,Papua New Guinea,Kiribati,Marshall Islands,French Polynesia,Micronesia,Fiji,Cook Islands,Nauru,Northern Mariana Islands,Palau,Niue,American Samoa,Caribbean

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

14 July 2016

Graphic (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) says it is working with the security agencies to consider offering amnesty to people who possess unlicensed guns as part of a strategy to mop up the 1.1 million illicit arms in the country. "The records suggest that when people have their weapons legally registered, they normally don't use them in committing crime and always keep an eye on them," the Executive Director of the commission, Mr Jones Applerh, told the Daily... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

24 June 2016

Armer Desarmer (France), Blog

[Translated summary: Countries involved in conflict and where crimes against humanity are committed, currently receive guns originating in France. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, if one country member estimates that the firearms could be used to commit a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law, the exportation will not be authorized.] Depuis le 24 décembre 2014, la France est engagée juridiquement dans l'application du traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA)... (GunPolicy.org)

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Côte d'Ivoire

15 June 2016

Amnesty International (France), Media release

[Translated summary: Under the Arms Trade Treaty, the states of West Africa have improved their firearm stock management. Now every gun is marked with a code that shows where it comes from. Also, every time a gun enters or leaves an armoury, the code allows officials to know who gave the order and why. Now, the National Police of Côte d'Ivoire has marked 99% of its guns.] Après deux décennies de crises, la Côte d'Ivoire est aux avant-postes de la lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Saudi Arabia,North Korea,Iran,South Africa,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce illicit arms trade flows by 2030. "The Sustainable Development Agenda puts a clear emphasis on arms as one of the elements that will need to be taken into account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA). The meeting will review the progress made in implementing the UNPoA, and will also focus on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which was adopted in 2005. The UNPoA, adopted in 2001, outlines steps governments must take to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 June 2016

New American (USA)

Anti-gun globalists will meet in New York City this week discuss ways to confiscate small arms and ammunition from civilians and to consolidate monopoly control over those weapons in the hands of the governments of United Nations (UN) member states. The convention is part of a UN-controlled process of disarmament called the Programme of Action (PoA). From June 6-10 delegates from around the world will attend the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) of the PoA. This... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Central America

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S.-issued military hardware in the Western Hemisphere. All manner of weaponry—including over 32,500 M-16s and 270,000 grenades—seeped into the country from 1980 to 1993. Most of it was destined for the military-led government so that it could wage a vicious war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMNL. Although the armed conflict officially ended in 1992, the guns, grenades,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vanuatu

14 May 2016

Vanuatu Daily Post

Vanuatu signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 26th July, 2013 among 130 countries that signed the ATT after it was adopted in April 2013. The Treaty entered into force on 24 December, 2014 and to date, 82 countries worldwide have ratified it. Vanuatu's signing of the ATT is an indication of an intention to proceed to ratification. And any protracted delay in this process could send the wrong signals vis-a-vis Vanuatu's long-term commitment to this Treaty and its goal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

The Firearms (Amendment) Bill which provides for amendments to the Firearms Act to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to which Mauritius is a signatory, was presented by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly. The Bill was voted with amendments on 26 April 2016. In his presentation, Sir Anerood Jugnauth expressed confidence that the accession of Mauritius to the Arms Trade Treaty and the amendments to the Firearms Act will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Tonga

28 April 2016

Matangi Tonga Online

Tonga could be used as a transfer point for the illegal trade of arms if its government doesn't sign the International Arms Trade Treaty, warns Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Peter Barcroft, the New York based Director of Peace & Democracy Programme for PGA, said this week that the illicit trade in arms and weapons respects no borders and has no frontiers and he urged Tonga to sign the treaty. "It is in Tonga's best interests to be party to a Treaty which... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

25 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

A total of 388 people were killed in firearms−related incidents in Namibia from January 2011 to January this year, police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said. This was contained in a statement delivered on his behalf at a workshop on the building of knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and implementation of related national, regional and international instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons at Walvis Bay last... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

25 April 2016

Open Canada, Opinion

Canada's leadership in banning landmines greatly impacted the international community. As a young adult, Amani Saini witnessed the effect first hand. Now, she asks: can we regain our role in the fight against illicit arms? One August, more than 10 years ago, back when I was in secondary school, I sat on a stage in an auditorium in Kyoto, Japan, as a representative of Canada, at the closing ceremony of the international Ban Landmines! conference. After delivering his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Americas,Asia,Africa,Oceania,Nepal,Europe

21 April 2016

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

No doubt, the country is being increasingly inflicted by smuggling and illegal trade of small arms. This fast festering malaise has intensified serious crimes like murder, extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. Fears are palpable that the growing market of small arms in the country may wreck the social fabric of the country. This is also hampering the efforts towards overcoming the social and economic trauma left by the decade-long armed conflict. However, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

21 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Government is concerned about the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of civilians in the country. "The large number of armed civilians is a serious concern, which usually results in the abuse of firearms," safety and security minister Charles Namoloh said at Walvis Bay yesterday. He said this in a speech delivered on his behalf at a workshop on building knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

21 April 2016

New Era (Namibia)

WALVIS BAY — The police recorded 338 murder cases in Namibia involving fire-arms between January 2011 and January 2016. Statistics also indicate that at least 1 050 attempted murder cases, 1 641 armed robbery cases and 1 997 threatening by fire-arm cases were reported in the country over the same period. The statistics were revealed by Deputy Inspector General Desderious Shilunga during a two-day knowledge- and capacity-building workshop towards the ratification of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

2 February 2016

Upfront Ottawa, Opinion

The Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013 United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs – Strengthening Peace and Security through Disarmament Trudeau-Dion Foreign Policy is more than formally agreeing to the UN Arms Treaty or seeking seats on the UN Security Council. It requires principled action on the "World Stage." The United Nations, according to its mandate, is working "worldwide" to try and improve the lives and livelihoods... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

9 September 2015

TASS Russian News Agency

Russia did not sign an international treaty on arms trade because of its unbalanced nature and superficial description of a number of issues, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday. "Recently, new tools emerged in the global arms trade, in particular, the Arms Trade Treaty, which came into force last December. We did not sign this document and see no reason to move in this direction," Ryabkov said. According to him, the document is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 May 2015

Heritage Foundation (USA)

In 2001, the United Nations created the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). The PoA is not a treaty. Rather, it is a political mechanism for encouraging voluntary cooperation. On June 1–5, 2015, the Second Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE2) under the PoA will be held in New York City. The purpose of MGE2 is to allow nationally nominated experts to address technical... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa

26 November 2014

Samoa Observer

As part of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, the Pacific Small Arms Action Group has launched a report on arms, security and gender in the Pacific. The report cautions Pacific governments that failing to address the gendered impacts of arms and security will lead to ineffective and inefficient policy. Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace and a member of the group, called on Pacific Island governments to work together to address the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Caribbean

29 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - There has been an increase in the number of illegal firearms and gang membership in the Caricom region executive director of Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Francis Forbes has said. Describing it as "more than a cause for concern" while addressing the regional workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty at the Trinidad Hilton hotel last week Forbes said: "Only last year there were 2,143 homicides committed in 11 Caricom... (GunPolicy.org)

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St Vincent & Grenadines,Jamaica

4 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS — St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica have ratified the new Arms Trade Treaty as the Caribbean seeks to play an historic role in helping end the irresponsible, lethal global US$85 billion trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition. The delegations from the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Tuesday attended a special ratification ceremony at the United Nations' Headquarters to mark the event. "It is really positive that two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa,Oceania

4 June 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty. Samoa is the first among Pacific Island countries to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty which seeks to thwart the flow of arms to conflict regions. Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have signed but ratification is needed in order to be bound by the UN agreement's rules. Samoa's move brings to 40 the number of states... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea,Solomon Islands,New Zealand,Australia

2 June 2014

Australian (Sydney)

Canberra, A.C.T - Illegally traded conventional weapons claim more than half a million victims every year. These weapons kill, maim and disable, undermine economic prosperity and development, and keep millions of people, especially women and children, trapped in fear. Australia will this week ratify the first legally binding instrument ever negotiated in the UN to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional arms, the Arms Trade Treaty. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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Russia,United States,Japan

23 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Japan's upper house of parliament, the House of Councillors, unanimously approved Wednesday a bill providing for the country's accession to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, the NHK channel reported. The Japanese government now expects a fast ratification of the treaty, although no specific date on its implementation has yet been announced. The Arms Trade Treaty, adopted at the UN General Assembly last year, is the first international pact regulating commerce in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

4 April 2014

+972 Magazine, Blog

The Knesset Committee for Advancement of the Status of Women is about to discuss a national action plan, initiated by a wide coalition of feminist NGOs, for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325. The resolution calls for the adoption of a gender perspective in peace and security issues, or simply put – for the consideration of women's special security needs, and of the unique nature of harm they suffer. For the first time, the national action plan... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Japan

3 March 2014

Japan Times, Editorial

The Abe administration plans to ditch the nation's long-standing three-point weapons-export ban by writing a new three-point principle governing the export of weapons. The new policy would turn Japan into a weapons-exporting country. A departure from Japan's traditional security posture characterized by self-restraint, such a move would damage the international trust and reputation Japan has earned through its strict restriction on weapons exports. Ultimately this step... (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

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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China,Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Japan,Russia

16 February 2014

Japan Times

A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said. The measure, coming less than a year after Japan signed the treaty adopted at the U.N. General Assembly last April, underscores Tokyo's eagerness to nudge others to join the framework, the sources said Saturday. However, the move appears incongruous with the stance of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

13 December 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A report has revealed that all parts of Nigeria are ravaged with armed violence, which has been detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the country, with 80 per cent of weapons in private hands having been acquired illegally. The report, titled: 'The Violent Road', which was presented to the media in Abuja yesterday, was conducted by the National Working Group on Armed Violence (NWGAV) in conjunction with the United Kingdom based Non Governmental Organisation... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

24 November 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ABUJA — At a workshop organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Abuja last week, 30 legal experts from the Ministries of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly, received advice and tools for drafting a bill on the requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty and the Nigerian domestic law. The treaty requires parties to prevent the illicit trade in conventional arms, comprising small arms and light weapons, tanks, missiles,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain

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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Timor-Leste,Papua New Guinea,Australia,Solomon Islands

12 November 2013

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the international humanitarian system must improve its efficiency, quality and reach. Ms Bishop told delegates at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies conference in Sydney that the system is being increasingly stretched by conflicts and crises. The new types of conflict are leading to more attacks targeting aid workers. Ms Bishop says the independent non-combatant status of the Red Cross and Red... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

12 November 2013

Nation (Sri Lanka)

The Sri Lankan Government would work diligently to phase out the use of small arms within its borders as the country very well understood the destruction that could be wrought by such weapons when they fall into the wrong hands, Leader of the House and Chairman of the Sri Lankan Chapter of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said. Addressing a fringe session on the sidelines of the Commonwealth People's Forum 2013, held at the Chaaya... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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38049

Oceania,Iran,North Korea,Congo (DRC),Sudan,Syria,Europe,United States,Asia,Africa,Americas

30 September 2013

New York Times, Editorial

Efforts to control the $70 billion a year global market in conventional weapons got a big boost when the United States signed the United Nations arms trade treaty, joining more than 100 other countries in affirming the need to keep these weapons out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes, militants and criminals. But the work is far from done. At least 50 member countries, including the United States, must still carry out the next step and ratify the treaty for it to... (GunPolicy.org)

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37934

Syria,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Africa,Americas,Australia

26 September 2013

Oxfam Australia, Media release

A landmark, Australian-led resolution to tackle the devastating impacts of small arms and light weapons is expected to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council tomorrow, signalling a major step forward in international cooperation on arms control, international aid agency Oxfam Australia said. The Security Council resolution is likely to be adopted on Thursday in New York (Friday AEST) at a high-level meeting on small arms hosted by Australia as part of its... (GunPolicy.org)

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37916

United States,Canada,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

25 September 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The Harper government faced sharp criticism Wednesday for its continued refusal to sign a landmark treaty to regulate the global arms trade. A group of non-governmental agencies, called the Control Arms Coalition, said it was frustrated and disappointed that the government did not follow the United States and more than 90 other countries in signing the Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile, the federal NDP accused the government of indulging in conspiracy theories because it... (GunPolicy.org)

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37914

Australia

23 September 2013

Canberra Times (Australia)

Now down to its final week as president of the United Nations Security Council, Australia has a real chance to make its mark on the powerful body. There's no questioning the importance of Australia using this role to respond to a range of conflicts, including pushing for a political solution to the Syria crisis. The US-Russia agreement on a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons shows this is a critical opportunity for Australia to ramp up its diplomatic efforts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canberra Times (Australia)

37924

Colombia,Mexico,Libya,Guinea-Bissau,Canada,United States,Nicaragua,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago,Russia

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

37845

Nigeria

13 August 2013

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Nigeria has become the first Africa country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has disclosed. "Nigeria becomes the first African country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This landmark event represents our deep commitment to a treaty which establishes common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. "We remain resolute and unyielding in our efforts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

37758

United States,Mexico

30 July 2013

Action on Armed Violence

For all the news and emotion surrounding the debate over mass-shootings and gun-control within the United States, another related tragedy has been unfolding simultaneously just across the border. But, unlike in the US, this tragedy has much greater bloodshed and much less media attention. Since 2006, tens of thousands of people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence. The numbers dead are similar to a conventional war. But, in contrast to other conflicts... (GunPolicy.org)

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37709

Caribbean,Honduras

23 July 2013

Cayman News Service

The Caribbean's ambassador to the United Nations has said the region needs to address the small arms trade which is causing intense violence in its communities. Speaking at the seventh general meeting of CARICOM and the UN in New York Monday, Irwin Larocque, CARICOM's Secretary-General said citizen security was of paramount concern as the "dimensions of the scourge of crime" increased and the region was plagued by the illegal trade in small arms. The Caribbean is a... (GunPolicy.org)

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37687

United Arab Emirates

10 July 2013

Gulf News (Dubai)

NEW YORK - The UAE last night signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, becoming one of the 79 nations to sign so far. The treaty was signed by Ambassador Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, the UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and counter-signed on behalf of the United Nations by the director of agreements in the presence of a number of international officials involved in the United Nations and members of the diplomatic corps' missions to the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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37653

Africa,South Sudan

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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37631

Argentina

2 July 2013

Ansa Latina (Buenos Aires)

[Translated summary: Argentinian lawmaker María José Lubertino has introduced a controversial bill to ban the sale of guns in Buenos Aires, in an attempt to reduce violence. Last month, Argentina signed the Arms Trade Treaty in New York.] BUENOS AIRES - La legisladora María José Lubertino, de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, presentó un polémico proyecto de ley que propone la prohibición de venta de armas de fuego en el ámbito de la capital argentina. El proyecto de... (GunPolicy.org)

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37626

Palau,New Zealand,Samoa,Tuvalu,Australia

5 June 2013

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Tuvalu and Palau have become the first countries in the Pacific to sign the UN small arms treaty. The treaty, which opened for signatures in New York on Monday, puts rules in place that make countries consider human rights before any arms trade deals are made. New Zealand and Australia have also signed it and Samoa will be doing so in September at the UN general assembly. The Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, Barry Coates, says he hopes other Pacific countries... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

37523

United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Australia,Finland,Africa,Germany

3 June 2013

Time (USA)

More than 65 countries signed the landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade Monday and the United States announced it will sign soon, giving a strong kickoff to the first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists. The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. — the world's largest arms dealer — will sign is critical, but the treaty's ultimate strength rests... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

37521

Canada,United States

3 June 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Canada isn't saying whether it will join more than 60 other countries in signing a landmark treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. The federal government hasn't decided whether it agrees with the UN's arms trade treaty, despite having voted to move it ahead in the first place, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday. "We believe that any treaty regarding the sale of munitions that helps move the international community closer to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37519

Turkey,Scotland

23 May 2013

BBC News

A father whose toddler was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon in Turkey is to be honoured by the UK government for his campaigning efforts. David Grimason, who lost his two-year-old son Alistair in 2003, has pressed for tighter controls on the trade of weapons for the past decade. An international arms trade treaty has been approved by the UN. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will present Mr Grimason with the letter of thanks during a ceremony in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37483

Syria,North Korea,Iran,United States

11 April 2013

New York Times, Opinion

On April 2, the United States joined an overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations in voting to adopt a treaty regulating the international trade in conventional weapons — a monumental achievement after seven years of diplomacy, lobbying and out-and-out arm-twisting. The United States pushed for the General Assembly vote last week after securing, in a March conference, the treaty language its negotiators wanted. Yet now, just days after the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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37313

Canada

4 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The champagne was flowing Tuesday afternoon in the office of the Canadian charity Project Ploughshares. Hours earlier, the United Nations in a 154-3 vote agreed to approve an arms trade treaty, a pact that has the promise to regulate the cross-border sale of conventional weapons. In theory, the treaty should stop arms makers from being able to sell so easily to countries with spotty human-rights records. Tanks, combat aircraft, naval vessels, missiles and launchers,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37288

United States,Mexico

4 April 2013

San Marco Mercury

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. In their report, titled "The Way of the Gun," researchers at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the United States from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border into Mexico. The figure is nearly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Marco Mercury

37283

Africa

3 April 2013

Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)

An outcome that does not make everyone happy is the hallmark of a successful negotiation process, to paraphrase Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott, president of the United Nations' Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He and his team certainly achieved that goal. Most states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) agree that the treaty text does not meet the expectations that were created over the past two decades. However, mitigating this situation is... (GunPolicy.org)

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37287

India,Egypt,Russia,China

3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three. The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran. The 23 countries abstaining included Russia and China, ranked respectively as the number two and five weapons exporters by the Stockholm International Peace Research... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

37276

Iran,Syria,United Kingdom,Kenya,North Korea

29 March 2013

Australian (Sydney)

Iran, North Korea and Syria have held up agreement on the first global treaty on the $US80 billion ($A76.97 billion) a year conventional arms trade. The three states twice blocked moves to adopt a treaty by consensus at the end of 10 days of arduous talks at the UN headquarters. Kenya announced that a coalition of countries from around the world would now take the treaty straight to the 193-member UN General Assembly next week for approval. It can be passed with a two... (GunPolicy.org)

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37253

India,Pakistan,China

28 March 2013

Times of India

NEW DELHI - New Delhi is set to reject a global arms trade treaty (ATT) since the agreement is heavily loaded against weapons-importing countries like India, and let exporting nations like the US and China call the shots. The treaty, meant to regulate all transfers of conventional arms around the world, is likely to be passed by the UN General Assembly next week. India's inability to establish an indigenous defence production industry may now become a strategic... (GunPolicy.org)

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37251

England & Wales,Germany,Guyana

28 March 2013

Guyana Times International

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has lamented that while critical steps are being taken in the international arena to hammer out an Arms Trade Treaty, locally the opposition has voted down a bill that seeks to strengthen this country's fight against illicit arms. Negotiators from around 150 countries gathered in New York at the United Nations for a final push to hammer out a binding international treaty to end unregulated conventional arms sales, a pact that a... (GunPolicy.org)

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37245

Trinidad & Tobago

27 March 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Small arms, including handguns and rifles, are weapons of mass destruction in this country, said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran. Dookeran made the statement on Tuesday night as he delivered the opening remarks at a town meeting held by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) at his constituency office in Tunapuna. Dookeran is the Member of Parliament for Tunapuna. "Small arms are an important part of the armoury of the criminal industry and the region has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

37243

Germany,Mexico,United Kingdom,Ghana,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

26 March 2013

Rappler / Agence France Presse

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone "backwards" from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, who expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the treaty as talks at the UN headquarters entered the final straight. A group representing 103 countries blasted the latest text as a step "backwards." A statement by the 103,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rappler / Agence France Presse

37236

Oceania,Asia,Europe,Africa,Americas,United States

25 March 2013

Reuters

Human rights groups on Monday sharply criticized the latest draft of what could become the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, accusing the United States and others of pushing to dilute it. Several Western delegations, however, played down the complaints of groups like Oxfam, Amnesty International, the World Council of Churches and Control Arms, saying the latest draft showed progress, though improvements were clearly... (GunPolicy.org)

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37234

Oceania,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas

22 March 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

The U.N. organ tasked with maintaining international peace and security harbours a serious conflict at its core. The Security Council's five permanent members (P5) – United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France – along with Germany, are the world's six leading arms exporters, often shipping weapons used to perpetuate violence across the globe. Meanwhile, over 150 member states have gathered at U.N. headquarters, from Mar. 18-28, to negotiate an Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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37223

Philippines,South East Asia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

21 March 2013

Philippine Star, Opinion

In the next week or so, the members of the United Nations have an opportunity to agree an historic Treaty that would make a lasting difference to people across the world. It's not front-page news most of the time, but the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is within our grasp — and, with it, comes a chance to make a major contribution to the security of humankind. It will help to ensure that the uncontrolled movement of arms no longer threatens the security and prosperity of... (GunPolicy.org)

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37209

United States

20 March 2013

al Jazeera

The National Rifle Association's guns-at-all-costs mentality and total disregard for public safety has already put it in the uncomfortable position of opposing the most basic laws to protect the public safety. It opposes the regulations that would help stop disturbed young men from going on shooting sprees in schools with weapons that are as easy to fire as video game controllers. It opposes the international Arms Trade Treaty, which according to the Washington Post... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37216

Caribbean

20 March 2013

Caribbean 360

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will be pressing for a successful conclusion to the final negotiation session of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty which began at the United Nations on Monday, according to a statement issued by the CARICOM Secretariat. It said such an outcome to the 10-day conference is of vital importance to CARICOM, noting that at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit in Haiti last month,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

37210

Romania,Burkina Faso,Poland,Russia,Latvia,Tunisia,Guinea,Senegal,Bulgaria,China,Africa,Europe,Côte d'Ivoire

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)

37206

Germany,United Kingdom,France,Mexico,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,China,Russia,United States

20 March 2013

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has urged the world's nations to agree on a strong UN treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade in the next two weeks, saying it will save lives and make it more difficult for warlords, organised criminals and terrorists to obtain weapons. Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord - a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

37202

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

19 March 2013

Inside Story, al Jazeera, Video

Human Rights groups say one person is killed every minute because of armed violence, through conflict and crime, but no globally agreed standards exist to regulate the international trade in arms, a trade in dangerous and deadly products, designed to kill and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Story, al Jazeera

37200

Congo (DRC),Zimbabwe,Mozambique,Angola,Zambia,Africa

18 March 2013

Times of Zambia

TODAY (March 18, 2013) will be a crunch day of epic proportions when the United Nations Organisation (UN) convenes at its New York Headquarters to start negotiations to conclude an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that has the potential to forever regulate the hitherto unregulated trade in conventional weapons. The global trade in conventional weapons - from warships and battle tanks to fighter jets and machine guns - remains poorly regulated. No internationally agreed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37197

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

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37196

China,Russia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

17 March 2013

New York Times

In the shadow of the re-energized gun-control debate in the United States, negotiators at the United Nations will reconvene this week to try to reach a final agreement on a treaty to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, a lucrative business that rights groups call the main source of illicit arms fueling deadly conflicts around the world. "I am confident that member states will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on... (GunPolicy.org)

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37194

United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

17 March 2013

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association is stepping up its opposition to a UN treaty aimed at halting the illicit trade of guns into conflict zones, after months of silence on the issue believed to be due to its focus on domestic gun control. Human rights campaigners said that the resurgence of the NRA's campaign was designed to "stir up anti-UN panic" ahead of the UN conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which opens on Monday in New York. The Obama administration indicated in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37193

Russia,China,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

16 March 2013

Washington Post

The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hand as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones. Negotiations open Monday in New York on the Arms Trade Treaty, which would require countries to determine whether weapons they sell would be used to commit serious human rights violations, terrorism or transnational organized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37191

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

15 March 2013

Fox News (USA)

A week before it opens a treaty conference to impose worldwide limitations on arms sales, the United Nations co-hosted and paid for a series of meetings involving 48 African nations and an anti-gun group that espouses much greater national and international control of firearms, including registration of small arms and ammunition. The co-host of the gathering in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was a multinational "civil society" network known as IANSA, which calls... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

37192

India,Egypt,Syria,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 March 2013

Oxfam International (Oxford), Media release

Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes which need fixing urgently to save lives More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives through armed violence since negotiations for a treaty to regulate the global arms trade for the first time ground to a halt in July last year, say Oxfam and Saferworld, part of the Control Arms Coalition. The Control Arms Coalition calls on world leaders to urgently adopt robust rules on international transfers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oxfam International (Oxford)

37183

Sweden,Uruguay,Finland,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Cyprus,Switzerland,Yemen,Serbia,United States

12 March 2013

SiliconIndia

Bangalore: "Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins," said novelist Ayn Rand. In an era where the misuse of guns and ammunitions are leading to massacres, it is no more a place of nonviolence. Arms and ammunitions leave bitter memories and scar the human race for ages to come. Here are the 10 countries with highest gun ownership, as listed by yahoo.com. USA: USA tops the list of countries with highest gun ownership and this no surprise! The... (GunPolicy.org)

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37179

United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

9 March 2013

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association is so tied up fighting new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown shooting that it has failed so far to mount its expected lobbying blitz against a new international arms control control treaty. With just a few weeks to go until the world's first Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is put to a final vote at a UN conference in New York campaigners have voiced surprise at the NRA's relative silence on the issue. Until the Newtown tragedy, in which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37164

Africa,Asia,Oceania,Europe,Canada,Americas

9 March 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

OTTAWA — Gun-control advocates and opposition parties want to know why the Harper government has consistently included a prominent firearms advocate in Canadian delegations at international arms-control talks in recent years. They believe Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) president Steve Torino's presence alongside Canadian diplomats is tied to what they say are Canadian efforts to weaken a new Arms Trade Treaty being negotiated at the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

37163

Europe,China,Asia,Americas,Oceania,Kenya,Cuba,Côte d'Ivoire,Africa,Central America,Russia,United States

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

It is estimated at least half a million people are killed with guns every year and on average a further 200,000 men, women and children die as an indirect result of armed conflicts and violence that are frequently fuelled by the uncontrolled flow of small arms. And for every person that is killed in an armed conflict, many more are injured and tortured, raped, abused, forcibly disappeared, taken hostage or displaced. Even more have their access to food, water, shelter,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

Canada

5 March 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

OTTAWA — For nearly two weeks last year, diplomats from Canada and the rest of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to crack down on the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition. But rather than working to strengthen those efforts, newly released documents show Canadian officials were instructed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to "play a low-key, minimal role" — and that their main objective was safeguarding Canadian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

37143

United States

25 February 2013

Reuters

Three dozen arms control and human rights groups have written to U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of new arms-trade negotiations at the United Nations next month, urging him to back a tough treaty that would end loopholes in international weapons sales. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies worldwide as a result of armed violence and a convention is needed to prevent the unregulated and illicit flow of weapons into conflict zones and fueling wars... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37109

United States

20 February 2013

The Hill (Washington DC), Blog

President Obama is coming under renewed pressure to back a worldwide arms trade treaty at the United Nations after backing off ahead of last year's elections. Human rights groups are demanding that the United States take the lead in creating international standards for cross-border weapons sales when the U.N. starts a second round of talks March 18. Last year's talks came to a screeching halt after the Obama administration asked for more time following intense... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Hill (Washington DC)

37091

Australia

8 February 2013

News.com.au / Australian Associated Press

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he's confident Australia's seat on the UN Security Council will help push through a global arms trade treaty. Speaking after giving the British High Commission's annual Magna Carta lecture in Sydney, Senator Carr said a push for the arms treaty at the UN would "come to a head next month". "On the back of our credibility built up over the decades on cluster munitions I think that (an arms trade treaty) will be a discerning note in our... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News.com.au / Australian Associated Press

37044

Mali,Libya,United States,West Africa,Niger

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)

Read More: Council on Foreign Relations

37001

West Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Uganda,Rwanda,Tanzania,Burundi

27 January 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

The East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA) has called for tougher laws and increased vigilance among member states of the East African community (EAC) to curb illegal movement of small arms and light weapons. According to the executive secretary EAANSA, Richard Mugisha, considering that the dynamics and movement of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) transcend the political boarders that divide state parties within East Africa, there is need for increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

37051

United States

20 January 2013

Reuters

Bullets are one thing Sacramento Police Detective Greg Halstead can count on to root out weapons that otherwise would be impossible to find. They are also largely missing from the gun control debate in Washington. Since 2008, California's capital has required ammunition dealers to take names and thumbprints of bullet buyers. They send the information electronically to police computers, which compare the names to an FBI criminal database. Halstead begins his day... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36979

United States,Russia,China,Mexico

11 January 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

MEXICO CITY - A lot of attention goes to the U.S.-made weapons in the hands of criminal groups in this Latin American country. But there is little talk of another problem: the large number of light weapons in the hands of civilians. The Mexican Constitution establishes the people's right to "own guns in their homes for their safety and self-defence", with the exception of high caliber weapons, while the 1972 Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives stipulates the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

36928

Russia,Ukraine,Kenya,East Africa,European Union,Israel,Libya,Yemen,Ethiopia,United States,Somalia

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36922

Uganda,Ethiopia,Kenya,South Sudan,Somalia,East Africa,Tanzania

8 January 2013

Star (Kenya), Series

There are estimated 530,000-680,000 firearms in the wrong hands in Kenya. The number of illegal arms has grown over the years and is said to fuel the conflicts witnessed within Kenya and the region. In an investigation that took close to a year, our correspondent Kassim Mohamed tracked down some of the people who smuggle small arms and light weapons into Kenya and unveils a dangerous trend that can affect the current peace if nothing is done by not just the Kenyan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36916

Africa,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia

28 December 2012

Reuters

The leading U.S. pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade and dismissed suggestions that a recent U.S. school shooting bolstered the case for such a pact. The U.N. General Assembly voted on Monday to restart negotiations in mid-March on the first international treaty to regulate conventional arms trade after a drafting conference in July collapsed because the U.S. and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36874

European Union

19 November 2012

Europa (European Union), Speech

I am delighted to welcome you all to our conference on the fight against illicit trafficking in firearms, in the EU and beyond. We have in the room today some of the leading experts on the topic – from law enforcement, industry, policy makers, and from civil society. For you, it will not come as a surprise that the Commission puts focus on this issue by organising this conference. Still, it is worth recalling that despite repeated political declarations, at... (GunPolicy.org)

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36758

United States

19 October 2012

Newser (USA) / Associated Press

President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history." The president hasn't pressed such an agenda, but gun owners still are afraid that, if re-elected, an Obama who wouldn't have to face voters again would try to restrict firearms purchases. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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36662

Russia

8 October 2012

Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

Russia has called on the world to agree on selling small arms and light weapons only to authorized dealers of importer countries, Russian Foreign Ministry security and disarmament department head Alexander Deineko said in an interview with Interfax. Russia has suggested a set of measures, which would tighten control over the distribution of small arms and light weapons, primarily in the areas where the risk of an arms leak to the black market is high, he said. "For... (GunPolicy.org)

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36623

Germany,Nigeria

19 September 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Federal Republic of Germany has disclosed that it will provide 500,000 euros to finance projects implemented by the newly established United Nation (UN) fund to combat illegal small arms. This is disclosed at the just concluded review conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons, the United Nations member states confirmed their commitment to fight illegal arms trading and to protect children in armed conflict. Speaking on progress of UN... (GunPolicy.org)

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36578

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

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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36559

Japan

2 September 2012

Japan Times, Editorial

The international trade in small arms more than doubled since 2006, growing into a stunning $8.5 billion a year industry. The latest Small Arms Survey by an independent research group in Geneva found that large-scale government spending and increased purchases by American civilians, in addition to steady sales to developing countries, contributed to the upsurge. The reported increase can also be attributed to better information and more thorough research. The result,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36519

Europe,Oceania,Americas,Asia,Africa

27 August 2012

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - The annual authorized trade in small arms has more than doubled in the past six years to $8.5 billion, driven by Americans buying more guns and ammunition and big military purchases for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a survey found on Monday. The Small Arms Survey 2012, an independent research project, found the top exporters with trade of at least $100 million were the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Russia,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36503

Mexico,United States

11 August 2012

Inter Press Service News Agency

MEXICO CITY - "The United States should stop producing so many weapons, which cause us so much harm. That country also suffers from so much violence, as billions of dollars go into manufacturing guns." That is the message that anti-crime activist Fernando Ocegueda will take to the public in the United States, during a one-month visit to that country by the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, made up of 70 family members of victims of violence in Mexico. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

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36479

United States,Caribbean

3 August 2012

Caribbean 360, Opinion

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries joined dozens of other nations in fighting for a robust and comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) during negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 2 to 27 July, but their efforts were frustrated by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign team. The Caribbean countries have very good reason for wanting a strong ATT. In recent years, these countries have become the hapless victims... (GunPolicy.org)

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36428

Africa,Canada,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Mexico

1 August 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Lost in the hoopla of the opening ceremony of the Olympics, a vital international marathon of another kind ended Friday with a race suspension just before the finish line. At the United Nations in New York, a month of intensive multilateral negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international transfers of conventional weapons concluded without agreement, largely because the United States called for more time on the final day. The U.S. announcement was... (GunPolicy.org)

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36416

Kenya,East Africa,Syria,Uganda

28 July 2012

Independent (Kampala)

United Nations diplomats from over 190 countries, including Uganda, are at the organisation's headquarters in New York discussing a pact to regulate the global arms trade. The Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) would especially check the illicit trade in arms in a global arms industry that, while amounting to US$60 billion, remains unregulated. Advocates for the treaty say this lack of regulation of the arms industry is catastrophic, as it fuels conflicts that claim... (GunPolicy.org)

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36408

Americas,Africa,Australia,Europe,Oceania,Asia

28 July 2012

ABC News (Australia)

A UN deal to regulate the international arms trade has suffered a serious setback. The Australian-sponsored draft treaty was blocked by the United States, Russia, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, who all asked for more time. Under the proposed UN treaty, signatories would have had to evaluate if any conventional weapons they exported could be used to violate human rights or fall into the hands of organised-crime gangs. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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36401

United States,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

28 July 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Negotiators at the United Nations are working to put final touches on a treaty cracking down on the global, $60 billion business of illicit trading in small arms, a move aimed at curbing violence in some of the most troubled corners of the world. In the United States, gun activists denounce it as an attack on their constitutional right to bear arms. "Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful... (GunPolicy.org)

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36400

Oceania,Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,United States

26 July 2012

Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - After last week's shooting in Colorado, President Obama's remarks Wednesday night about gun violence were a rare departure for a president who usually steers clear of the subject. Now another gun issue is coming to a head that the president likely would just as soon avoid: the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. … The treaty, whose final version is due out on Friday, aims to regulate the $60 billion international trade in small arms in an effort to keep... (GunPolicy.org)

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36395

Americas,Africa,United States,Asia,Europe,Oceania

26 July 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto) / AP

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 51 senators on Thursday threatened to oppose a global treaty regulating international weapons trade if it falls short in protecting Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the senators expressed serious concerns with the draft treaty that has circulated at the United Nations, saying that it signals an expansion of gun control that would be... (GunPolicy.org)

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36394

Somalia

24 July 2012

Somaliland Sun (Somalia)

Using data from several weapons policy and prevention surveys we were able to extract key information about weapons policy and proliferation in Somalia. We hope it is of use to those looking to get general information about small arms throughout Somalia and if there are policies regulating their usage. The surveys were taken between 2002 and 2011. Numbers - There are between 550,000 to 750,000 privately-owned firearms in Somalia - 9.1 out of every 100 Somalis own a... (GunPolicy.org)

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36386

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

24 July 2012

CBS News (USA) / AP

The first draft of a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade sparked criticism Tuesday from campaigners seeking to keep illegal weapons from fighters, criminals and terrorists - and demands for changes before Friday's deadline for action. Peter Herby of the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said that every element in the draft has "major loopholes," and he warned that if it's adopted there's "a very high risk" the... (GunPolicy.org)

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36385

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

18 July 2012

Embassy Magazine (Canada)

The Harper government is trying to fudge efforts to craft an effective international treaty to govern the global arms trade by adding oversight "loopholes" into the agreement, the NDP says. NDP trade critic Don Davies says the Tories are trying to water down the global push for a United Nations arms trade treaty to score domestic political points with red-meat conservatives. He and other treaty supporters point to the Harper government's desire not to include the... (GunPolicy.org)

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36355

Syria,Lebanon,Iran,China,United States,Liberia,Africa

13 July 2012

New Age (Johannesburg) / AFP

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Thursday that Africa will face more conflict like her country's devastating civil war unless arms trade treaty negotiators produce a tough accord. The Nobel Peace Prize winning president told envoys negotiating a deal that they had "a once in a lifetime opportunity to agree tough controls on the arms trade." "The Liberian experience and other experiences in Africa and other parts of the world show that without such a... (GunPolicy.org)

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36330

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

11 July 2012

Arms Control Today (USA)

The ongoing conflict in Syria - like recent wars in Burma, Congo, Liberia, Sudan, and Sierra Leone - underscores the urgent need for common standards for international transfers of conventional weapons and ammunition, as well as legally-binding requirements for all states to review exports and imports - particularly for arms transfers that could lead to human rights abuses or violate international arms embargoes. While the United States and a few other countries have... (GunPolicy.org)

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36353

Angola,Africa,West Africa,Venezuela,Iran,Egypt,Algeria,South Sudan,Liberia,Germany,France,China,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,South Africa

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008. Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)

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36317

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

9 July 2012

US News & World Report

Delegations from almost 200 countries convened at the United Nations this month to come up with a new treaty that would regulate international trade in conventional weapons. The effort, supported by the Obama administration, has very vocal opposition: the American gun lobby. Proponents of the Arms Trade Treaty argue that inadequate controls over the international arms market result in armed violence against civilians by human rights violators, criminals, gangs,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36314

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Pakistan,Cuba,Iran,China,Russia

8 July 2012

New York Times, Editorial

The world is awash in conventional weapons, like tanks, firearms and aircraft, with the market valued at $40 billion to $60 billion a year. Far too many of these arms are fueling conflicts and atrocities in Syria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. They have been used to kill countless innocent civilians, and they will be used against countless more if the international community does not find a way to keep them out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36316

Nepal

7 July 2012

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Gyan Chandra Acharya yesterday reminded that millions of lives and livelihoods have perished, and serious violations of fundamental human rights have occurred due to irresponsible and illicit transfer of weapons and munitions around the troubled parts of the world. Delivering his statement at the UN Conference on Arms Trade Treaty in New York, the Nepali envoy emphasized that a robust Arms Trade Treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

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36309

United States,India,Russia

6 July 2012

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Russia has one of the most well developed arms control systems in the world and we have only one arms exporting nongovernmental agency which controls all arms trade. Interview with Sergey Denisentsev – expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies from Moscow, Russia. What is the position of Russia on IATT? Well, the key difference between the Russian approach towards IATT and the approach of countries of the EU is the matter of goals of IATT.... (GunPolicy.org)

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36307

Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

6 July 2012

Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

UNITED NATIONS - Trinidad and Tobago Thursday stressed the need to achieve an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that is comprehensive and mandatory. The Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobagos, Winston Dookeran, addressed the high level segment of the Conference of the United Nations (UN) on the subject, which will be held until next July 27 at the headquarters of the international organisation. Dookeran referred to the negative impact of illegal trade in arms and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

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36304

Israel,Taiwan,United States,Sweden,Germany,France,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

4 July 2012

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — The world's nations began a final push Tuesday for the first legally binding global treaty that would regulate the international arms trade and try to prevent the transfer of weapons to armed groups and terrorists. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve the treaty, which has been in the works since 2006, when the U.S. voted against the resolution that launched the process. The Obama administration later reversed the George W.... (GunPolicy.org)

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36301

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

3 July 2012

New York Times, Blog

LONDON — One person dies every minute somewhere in the world as a result of armed violence, according to activists behind a global arms control treaty that was being negotiated at the United Nations on Tuesday. Month-long talks to draw up an international Arms Trade Treaty got off to a false start on Monday in traditional U.N. fashion, with a dispute over the status of the Palestinian delegation. That prompted appeals for negotiators to stay on-topic, as Anna... (GunPolicy.org)

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36306

Somalia,Congo (DRC),Caribbean,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Liberia,Australia

2 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles were transported into the West African country of Liberia. It was a violation of the UN arms embargo. The weapons were used by forces loyal to Charles Taylor to commit the most terrible crimes. Boys, some as young as 11, were handed these weapons and told to kill. In the farms and villages of places such as Bong County on the border with Guinea, these Kalashnikovs became weapons of massive destruction. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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36293

Mali,Liberia,Côte d'Ivoire,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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36291

Oceania,Russia,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Syria,Egypt,China,United Kingdom

28 June 2012

Independent (UK) / Press Association (UK)

Britain is to push for ammunition sales to be covered by new international arms trade controls despite strong resistance from the US. The UK sees the inclusion of ammunition as an essential element of the proposed Arms Trade Treaty and will negotiate hard for it when a month-long conference opens at the United Nations in New York next week. But the British delegation faces opposition from a number of countries including China, Egypt and Syria but also its traditional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK) / Press Association (UK)

36286

United Kingdom,Germany,Ukraine,Sudan,China,South Sudan

27 June 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Amnesty International on Thursday accused China, Sudan and Ukraine of allegedly supplying military weapons to both South Sudanese Armed Forces (SPLA) and opposition groups, triggering scores of indiscriminate attacks in parts of South Sudan. The organization, in its latest report, entitled South Sudan: Arms supplies fueling violations in forgotten conflict, examines the impact of responsible supplies and misuse of weapons, munitions and armaments that resulted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

36281

Colombia,Chad,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,European Union,Pakistan,India,China,Africa,Russia,Syria

27 June 2012

Le Monde (France), Opinion

[Translated summary: Associations, NGOs and hundreds of members of the global coalition "Control Arms" have set minimum specifications for the future Arms Trade Treaty. It will have to control all types of conventional arms and ammunition used by military as well as by law enforcement, since they can be used for serious human rights violations. ATT will include exports but also imports, transit and all types of transfers and all actors, such as arms brokers, like Viktor... (GunPolicy.org)

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36280

Uganda,East Africa

24 June 2012

New Times (Rwanda)

The Global Week of Action against Gun Violence in East Africa kicked off in Kampala, Uganda on June, 18 with a series of activities to raise awareness of how gun violence occurs, its impact on people's lives and what should be done to stop the "Gun-Culture". The event is coordinated by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the Uganda-based Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) and the German International Cooperation agency (GIZ). The week will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

36273

Uganda,East Africa

20 June 2012

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA - Security experts from partner States of the East African Community (EAC) are finalising plans to craft a common position that the region will present next month at the UN ArmsTrade Treaty (ATT) in New York. Ahmed Wafuba, the coordinator of Uganda's National Focal Point (NFP) on Small Arms, says that the move will enhance efforts aimed at ridding the region of illegal firearms that have led to loss of innocent lives. "We have come up with a position and it... (GunPolicy.org)

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36266

West Africa,Gambia

18 June 2012

University of Virginia

With al Qaeda and Latin American drug cartels moving into some parts of Africa, small arms control has become a matter of great concern to those involved with security. Anthropologist Niklas Hultin, who taught in the University of Virginia 's Global Development Studies program last year, is researching issues concerning gun control in Gambia on the west coast – a gateway for illegal trafficking. Hultin, who will be a research professor in the College of Arts &... (GunPolicy.org)

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36260

European Union

13 June 2012

Epoch Times (Europe)

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Wednesday calling on United Nations member states to publicly disclose all arms trade deals, including reporting on small arms and light weapons. The resolution stipulates that those U.N. members who sign the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that will be negotiated in July in New York should disclose their international weapons deals. Accounting for around 30 percent of arms exports, European Union member states "should do more to... (GunPolicy.org)

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36240

United States,United Kingdom,Russia,Germany,France,China,Africa

11 June 2012

Amnesty International (London)

DOCUMENT 1. China There are few official statistics on the Chinese arms trade but the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that accounts for around 3 per cent of the global trade in conventional arms. Countries supplied Recipient countries over the past decade have tended to be developing countries with poor human rights records including Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, DRC, Guinea, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Myanmar,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36235

Mexico,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

4 June 2012

CBC News (Canada)

Canada has modified its controversial position on a United Nations arms control treaty. In a new position paper submitted to the UN, the federal government has dropped its proposal to exclude all sporting and hunting firearms from the international Arms Trade Treaty, an agreement that seeks to regulate the import, export and transfer of all conventional weapons. Last summer Canada surprised many and attracted heaps of scorn from countries such as Nigeria, Brazil,... (GunPolicy.org)

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36211

France,United Kingdom,Somalia,Afghanistan,Egypt,Syria,United States,Africa

30 May 2012

Oxfam International (Oxford), Media release

Excluding ammunition from new international Arms Trade Treaty would be "totally irrational" Global sales of ammunition are worth more than $4 billion and are growing at a faster rate than trade in guns, yet there is virtually no regulation in place to control where the bullets end up, according to international agency Oxfam, in a new report today. The report, 'Stop a Bullet, Stop a War,' has been published ahead of this summer's Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New... (GunPolicy.org)

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36192

Russia,France,China,Oceania,United Kingdom,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Germany,United States

24 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

I often write a reflective piece to accompany the publication of the Amnesty International annual report on the state of the world's human rights, and as a result I have an archive of reflective pieces which read as a chronology of progress and problems charted over the last decade. We shall see whether the 2012 report will be the one that came just months before the world secured a binding, bulletproof arms trade treaty in the negotiations due to take place in July, or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36180

Russia,Syria,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

24 May 2012

Bloomberg (USA)

Arms-control and humanitarian groups are pressing President Barack Obama to seek a tough international treaty restricting sales of conventional arms. "We are writing to encourage you and your administration to spare no effort to seize the historic opportunity to negotiate a robust, bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty," groups including the Arms Control Association, Amnesty International USA and Oxfam America wrote in a letter to Obama. The United Nations will attempt in... (GunPolicy.org)

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36165

Africa

21 May 2012

UN Dispatch (New York)

NEW YORK - On 21 and 22 May, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, is holding the African Regional Consultations on the Arms Trade Treaty at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting is organized jointly with the International Action Network on Small Arms, in cooperation with the African Union Commission, and is made possible with the financial support of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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36151

Russia,China,United States,United Kingdom,Congo (DRC),Myanmar,Iran

17 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

The international arms trade has become the greatest threat to development and has to be controlled by a tough treaty to regulate weapons and munitions sales, a government minister warns. In a speech to the Institute for Strategic Studies thinktank, Alan Duncan, the minister for international development, will urge allies such as the US to set aside their concerns and sign up to the comprehensive arms trade treaty (ATT), which will be hammered out during a month-long... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36143

Burundi,Tanzania,Rwanda,East Africa,Uganda,Kenya

8 May 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

A total of 300,000 small arms and light weapons have been smuggled into Uganda and other East African community countries for the last 10 years. This is as revealed by the executive secretary East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA), Richard Mugisha has revealed. Mugisha said the importation of illegal small arms was high in East Africa due to the existing arms embargoes which are too easy to break or ignore by different countries. "How can the sale of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

36110

West Africa

25 April 2012

Channels TV (Nigeria)

Government officials from ECOWAS member states and a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have demanded an urgent attention to the proliferation of small arms in the sub-region. This was the focus of the talks on addressing the challenge during the meeting on small arms trade in Abuja on Wednesday, as top government officials from the 15 member states of ECOWAS converged in Abuja to prepare for the United Nations arms trade treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

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36072

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

23 March 2012

National Rifle Association of America

Every year about this time, the warmer weather gives every manner of fast-growing weed the opportunity to appear out of nowhere and begin consuming people's lawns. Deny it an environment in which it can thrive, by spreading a grass fertilizer and weed killer mix from your home and garden store, and it somehow finds its way to your neighbor's grass. The same is true about international activists and representatives of various countries' governments who periodically... (GunPolicy.org)

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35953

Mexico,Australia,Brazil,Nigeria,Canada

21 March 2012

CBC News (Canada)

The office of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird ordered last-minute changes to Canada's position on an international arms treaty, as well as to its delegation to meetings at United Nations headquarters, CBC News has learned. According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, the minister's office ignored advice from the department and ordered civil servants to invite Steve Torino, president of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), to... (GunPolicy.org)

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35940

Sudan,Syria,Russia,China,Papua New Guinea,Fiji,Oceania

19 March 2012

ABC News (Australia), Transcript

Every year illicit trade in small arms results in thousands of deaths. Most of them in developing countries, including the Pacific, where the impact of gun violence has been devastating. Now the international community is to meet at the United Nations to finalise the first ever global arms trade treaty. HELEN HAKENA, WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER: I was seven months pregnant when gunmen came into our village terrorising the entire village community. My house was burnt to... (GunPolicy.org)

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35944

Australia,Vanuatu

19 March 2012

Vanuatu Daily Post

PORT VILA, Vanuatu – Vanuatu was represented at the Pacific regional workshop on small arms and light weapons and the arms trade treaty. This 3-day workshop, held in Australia at Brisbane's Novotel Hotel, was organized by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in conjunction with AusAID and Oxfam. It was intended to provide a forum for discussion by Pacific Region representatives on the implementation of the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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35934

Pakistan,Iran,Egypt,Russia,United States,Somalia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

8 March 2012

MediaGlobal News (New York)

Every day, according to Amnesty International, thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of armed conflict, armed violence, and human rights violations and abuses perpetrated using conventional arms. As violence continues unchecked around the world, a coalition of humanitarian and health organizations is rallying support for a "bulletproof" global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to be discussed in July, that would stymie... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MediaGlobal News (New York)

35894

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

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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35870

Philippines

27 February 2012

Business World (Philippines), Opinion

We were walking back home -- my husband and two small kids in tow -- after a fun-filled river exploration. We were vacationing in a cousin's place, north of Manila. The road was empty, save for a guy in motorbike in front of a small makeshift nipa hut-kerosene store. Two loud noises cracked the silence, and another guy came running out of the nipa hut. He jumped in the waiting motorbike, and the two hurriedly left. My mind was slow in processing the events; I even... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business World (Philippines)

35871

Germany,Chad,Yemen,Egypt,Libya,France,United Kingdom,United States,Sudan,Belarus,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Syria,Russia

19 February 2012

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: As negotiations were launched this week in New York on the Arms Trade Treaty, Amnesty International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Oxfam France are concerned about the risk of a "Treaty at a discount ".] La vente d'armes à un régime qui réprime sa population, comme le fait aujourd'hui la Russie à l'Etat syrien, sera-t-elle bientôt illégale ? C'est l'enjeu des négociations qui devraient aboutir, en juillet, à New York, à la signature d'un... (GunPolicy.org)

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35854

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

18 February 2012

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - After a week of tense negotiations, a United Nations preparatory committee concluded a final round of talks on Friday to define the rules of procedure for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected to be finalised in July this year. The ratification of the report by committee chair Ambassador Roberto Moritan of Argentina closed the last of four prepcoms held since 2010 to lay the groundwork for the ATT negotiations. The report includes a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Egypt,Mexico,Iran,United States,Syria,Russia,China,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

17 February 2012

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - Negotiators on Friday narrowly averted the collapse of talks on a world arms trade treaty to regulate the $55 billion global weapons market, agreeing on ground rules for negotiations after days of procedural wrangling. Delegates and advocates for tougher oversight of global arms sales said the agreement set the stage for a monthlong conference in July to draft the treaty. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies as a result of armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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Uganda,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Turkey,Scotland,United Kingdom,Oceania

12 February 2012

Daily Record (Scotland)

A global campaign to control the trade in deadly weapons will be stepped up at Glasgow University tomorrow when anti-gun campaigner Dr Mick North - whose daughter Sophie was killed in Dunblane tragedy in 1996 - leads a new push by Oxfam and Amnesty towards a United Nations arms treaty. Here, he explains why the issue means the difference between life and death. _________ Next month marks the 16th anniversary of my daughter's death. Sophie was just five when a gunman... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

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Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[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)

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Greece,Colombia,Sri Lanka,Syria,Chad,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

25 January 2012

Amnesty International

[Translated summary: While international negotiations on the adoption of an International Arms Trade Treaty are at a crucial time, Amnesty International published a report illustrating through the situation in 5 countries (Chad, Syria, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Greece) the necessity of such an instrument to prevent deadly and irresponsible arms transfers.] A l'heure où les négociations internationales en vue de l'adoption d'un traité international sur le commerce des... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Colombia,Russia,United States,Uganda,Rwanda,South Africa,United Arab Emirates,Belgium,Sudan,Somalia,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia,Angola,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Congo (DRC)

6 December 2011

New York Times, Opinion

On a dark November morning in 2004, I woke up in my bungalow overlooking Lake Kivu, tense with anticipation. Our small United Nations team was about to undertake a surprise inspection of three airfields in eastern Congo, notorious for smuggling operations. With the backing of U.N. peacekeeping forces and a U.N. Security Council mandate, we searched almost every incoming and outgoing aircraft that day. By evening, we had the evidence to link several aviation front... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

4 November 2011

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

In a trial that played out with far less fanfare than the "Lord of War" movie based on Viktor Bout's life, the public got a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of international arms brokering. Bout was convicted by a federal jury in New York this week on four counts of conspiracy, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Not among the counts against him, ironically, was his alleged involvement in nearly 20 years of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

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India,Afghanistan,Iraq,Sierra Leone,South Africa,Saudi Arabia,United States,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

1 November 2011

Telegraph (UK), Book review

If there is one book unlikely to appear on the Christmas reading lists of the former defence secretary Liam Fox and his self-professed adviser Adam Werritty, one suspects that this is it. The sorry case of Dr Fox and the mystery chum-cum-lobbyist amplifies what critics of the defence procurement industry – Feinstein prefers the racier "global arms trade" – have long argued. To put it mildly, and in a nutshell, it is not known for its transparency. Nor, for that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Taiwan

25 October 2011

Taipei Times

The Taiwan Defensive Firearms Association (TDFA) earlier this month became a member of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR), a global gun rights association working to protect and expand the ability to keep and bear arms around the globe. In a press release, IAPCAR said the TDFA was joining 16 other groups from nine countries on five continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian... (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

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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35448

European Union,China,Germany,South Korea,Switzerland,Serbia,France,United Kingdom,Syria,Yemen,Bulgaria,Belgium,Libya,Italy,Bahrain,Egypt,United States,Russia,West Asia,North Africa,Finland,Austria,Sudan,North Korea,Spain

19 October 2011

al Jazeera

Earlier this year, as mass popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and audiences across the world sat transfixed by images of unarmed citizens confronting iron-fisted security forces in the streets of Arab capitals, powerful governments from Russia to the United States were forced to begin accounting for the weapons they had for decades sold to the very rulers they now found themselves abandoning. In Egypt and Bahrain, protesters held up tear gas canisters... (GunPolicy.org)

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

18 October 2011

Reuters (Africa)

LONDON - Russia, the United States and European countries ignored fears over human rights abuses and sold large numbers of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday. Rights group Amnesty said the failings showed the need for a meaningful international arms trade treaty to choke off the supply of weapons to countries seen at risk of turning them on their own people. "The Arab Spring... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,North America,St Lucia,Barbados,Antigua & Barbuda,Trinidad & Tobago,St Kitts & Nevis,Jamaica,Bahamas,Caribbean

11 October 2011

Caribbean 360 (Barbados)

NEW YORK, United States - Battling the scourge of rising crime and violence and some of the world's highest murders rates, Caribbean nations are appealing to the United Nation for help. They are urging the world body to help them stem the unrelenting flow of guns and ammunition to the region. From the Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Kitts-Nevis, countries with some of the world's highest homicide rates, Trinidad and Tobago, which already has a state of emergency in place... (GunPolicy.org)

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Caribbean,Jamaica

27 September 2011

Middle East North Africa Financial Network

An international regime is needed to regulate the sale and transfer of small and light weapons, Jamaica's Deputy Prime Minister told the General Assembly's annual general debate today. "Jamaica, like its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners, continues to face severe threats to our long-term socio-economic development from the illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, small arms and light weapons and ammunition," Kenneth Baugh said . Mr. Baugh said progress on the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Middle East North Africa Financial Network

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Oceania

21 September 2011

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave), Audio

Oxfam has applauded Pacific island leaders for committing to work together and form a common position on the International Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty is being negotiatied by UN member states and will create the first universal standards for arms trading. The Pacific has had little representation in talks so far. But now, the region has a chance to have its voice heard when the treaty is negotiated in July next year. Presenter: Geraldine Coutts Speaker: Luke... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania

16 September 2011

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Lobbyists trying to control the international arms trade say Pacific Islands Forum leaders' commitment to a united voice on the matter is a remarkable achievement. The leaders have thrown their support behind developing a common position on the International Arms Trade Treaty to be negotiated next year. An Oxfam spokesman Luke Roughton says the hard work starts now. "To figure out what they want out of the Arms Trade Treaty, how they want to achieve it, that they... (GunPolicy.org)

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35306

United States

24 August 2011

Politico (Washington DC), Opinion

Not long ago, the gun control advocates Jim and Sarah Brady visited the White House. President Barack Obama reportedly told them that he was working on new gun control schemes "under the radar." It's been said that guns have two enemies — rust and politicians. Rust never sleeps, and neither do those who would seek to restrict our constitutional rights. So let me tell you about a meeting you weren't invited to, where those people were planning an attack on our rights... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Politico (Washington DC)

35216

South Africa,Brazil,Argentina,Australia,Mexico,United States,Canada,Africa,Sweden,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas

3 August 2011

Embassy Magazine (Canada), Opinion

Canada has never been a strong supporter of international efforts to negotiate an effective Arms Trade Treaty. But in mid-July, it reversed its previous low-key but constructive role at the United Nations ATT preparatory meetings to become a potential treaty spoiler. All indications point to this change of heart arising from the domestic gun lobby's influence on Canadian foreign policy. After years of preparation, member states of the United Nations will devote a month... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Embassy Magazine (Canada)

35160

Iran,Canada,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

1 August 2011

Albany Democrat-Herald (Oregon), Editorial

For five years the United Nations has been working on a comprehensive treaty to control the international arms trade. The last preparatory meetings were held in New York on July 11-15, and the organization is preparing the final version to be adopted and released for ratification by the member nations in 2012. The process represents a constitutional threat to Americans with, unfortunately, the support of President Obama. The treaty seeks to control and restrict arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Albany Democrat-Herald (Oregon)

35157

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

26 July 2011

US News & World Report

Senate opposition is growing to President Obama's support for a United Nations effort that could bring international gun control into the United States and slap America's gun owners with severe restrictions. At last count, 55 senators, including 10 Democrats, have signed letters to the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying they will oppose the Arms Trade Treaty . The treaty must win a two-thirds majority to win passage, meaning that approval appears... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US News & World Report

35151

Pakistan,South Asia,China,United States,United Kingdom,Germany,France,India,Nepal

25 July 2011

República (Kathmandu), Opinion

In 2009, I recall visiting a militant camp in India's North East a day before they would surrender. The deputy commander who was in charge and allegedly responsible for the death of at least 200 people brandished his M16 assault rifle and flaunted his bodyguard who was following him with a rocket launcher. He was calm but shifty-eyed and admitted having a personal saving of a few billion INR in his account. Barely 24 hours after his formal surrender, he was in seen in... (GunPolicy.org)

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35116

Israel,United Kingdom,Russia,France,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,China,United States

18 July 2011

Courrier du Vietnam / AFP

[Translated summary: Member States of the UN "made significant progress" during the week of negotiations in New York for the adoption in July 2012 of the Arms Trade Treaty, said on July 15 Eric Danon, representative of France in the negotiations.] Les États membres de l'ONU ont "beaucoup progressé" pendant une semaine de négociations à New York en vue de l'adoption en juillet 2012 d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, a déclaré le 15 juillet Eric Danon,... (GunPolicy.org)

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35078

Canada

15 July 2011

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA - The Canadian government is trying to spare hunting rifles and sporting arms from a United Nations one-size-fits-all international standard to regulate the flow of weapons around the world. Gun advocates in Canada praised the feds Friday, but gun control advocates and the opposition blasted the move as an irresponsible ploy to hamper the UN's efforts to save lives. On Thursday, Canadian diplomats at the treaty's preliminary negotiations in New York tried to... (GunPolicy.org)

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35065

Europe,Oceania,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

15 July 2011

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

Canada has thrown a wrench into negotiations toward a UN arms-trade treaty by proposing hunting rifles be exempted from the draft accord, gun-control groups say. But firearms advocates are praising the move, calling it evidence the Harper government is on their side when it comes to gun control. Preliminary talks on a future Arms Trade Treaty are being held this week at the United Nations in New York. The treaty would establish common international standards for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

35059

United States,European Union,United Kingdom,Germany,France,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

14 July 2011

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - After six years of protracted negotiations, a largely sceptical international community is moving towards readying a long outstanding global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for signature by July next year. "Governments have made a tremendous amount of progress toward this important treaty," Dr. Natalie Goldring, a senior research fellow at the Center for Peace and Security Studies of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, told... (GunPolicy.org)

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35111

Fiji

27 June 2011

Radio Fiji

The porous nature of Fiji's borders saw the use of foreign firearms in past coups says Fiji Ministry of Defence senior officer Joji Washington. Washington made the comments at the Asia Pacific Consultation on Arms Trade Treaty held in in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month. He told the Forum Fiji has been subjected to several coups where conventional weapons were used and resulted in bloodshed. Washington says authorities have confirmed that some of these arms were of... (GunPolicy.org)

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34980

Philippines

19 June 2011

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion

Every day around the world, armed violence kills approximately 2,000 people. In the Philippines, reports estimate the casualties at between 16 and 22 each day. The Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) is pleased that the Philippines is supporting an Arms Trade Treaty in the United Nations. The treaty aims to diminish and prevent the obscene human cost of the irresponsible trade in arms. However, we do not need just any Arms Trade Treaty. We need a... (GunPolicy.org)

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34960

Pakistan

15 June 2011

Observer (Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is unlikely to agree to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), in its present format, as Ministry of Foreign Affairs argues that linking of arms transfers with human rights criteria may have severe implications. The first meeting of inter-ministerial meeting of experts' group on conventional arms was chaired by Director, Disarmament, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 12, 2011. As per decisions of the senior level Inter-Ministerial meeting on Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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34943

United States,North Africa,Russia,European Union,East Asia,Indonesia,China

8 June 2011

United Nations News & Commentary

In a three-day meeting organized by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) the European Union, and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, representatives of nearly 30 East Asian and Pacific countries are gathering with regional and international organizations to discuss the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is the latest in a series of regional meetings UNIDIR is conducting to develop concrete recommendations on the future Treaty and to assist States with... (GunPolicy.org)

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34919

Asia,Indonesia

7 June 2011

Jakarta Post

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali on Monday (June 6) to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a new international legally binding instrument - the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) - currently being negotiated at the UN. The Bali meeting is part of a process to strengthen the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the treaty at a UN conference in 2012 by ensuring an inclusive process by allowing countries to make... (GunPolicy.org)

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34927

Solomon Islands

31 May 2011

Solomon Star (Solomon Star)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs must get whole of government support and develop a comprehensive policy framework to ensure that the planned international arms trade treaty (ATT) has the most benefit to the Solomon Islands. These were some of the recommendations emerging from a national consultation held in Honiara last Thursday on the treaty, which aims to create a legally binding international framework to regulate the trade in conventional weapons. If successful... (GunPolicy.org)

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34873

Mexico,United States

29 April 2011

Politico (Washington DC)

PITTSBURGH — John Bolton suggested Friday that Barack Obama is laying the foundation to push an ambitious gun control agenda if he wins a second term. Trying to make his background relevant to an audience of gun activists, the former ambassador to the United Nations and dark horse presidential candidate accused the administration of using its own failures in the war against Mexican drug cartels as a pretext for more gun control. "We can understand that, as he likes... (GunPolicy.org)

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34733

United States

24 March 2011

Fox News (USA), Opinion

Despite the Libyan crisis and ongoing problems with America's massive deficit, last week President Obama decided it was time to focus on gun control. He wrote an op-ed, challenged the NRA to negotiate new gun control regulations, and met with gun control groups. Of course, Obama's op-ed says he supports gun rights. Yet, he also emphasizes that he doesn't want people to "shout at one another" and supports "reasonable laws." Alas, this is simply positioning for the 2012... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

34585

India

12 March 2011

Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

NEW DELHI - Each year worldwide, 500,000 people are killed directly with conventional weapons and many more are injured, abused, forcibly displaced and bereaved as a result of armed violence. And 5000 Indians are killed every year due to unregulated arms trade. The movement of arms across the world is a huge threat to human security. 1,135 companies in 98 countries manufacture arms, ammunitions and components worldwide. Yet the global trade that fuels the epidemic of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

34552

Europe,Asia,France,Oceania,Americas,Africa

4 March 2011

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS – France's ambassador for disarmament says countries meeting at the U.N. are moving closer to consensus on the need for a legally binding treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. Ambassador Eric Dannon said Friday that the Arms Trade Treaty being discussed would meet two objectives: regulate the legal trade of conventional weapons by requiring countries to track arms exports and imports, and help fight illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

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