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Cameroon

23 November 2016

237 Online (Cameroon)

[Translated summary: The National Defence and Security Committee of Cameroon has examined a new firearm and ammunition bill. The new regulations include the prohibition of homemade firearms and mandatory marking for better tracing.] L'Economie du projet de loi examinée à la Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité. La Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité a, vendredi dernier, en présence du ministre de la Défense, examiné le... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gabon

16 October 2016

Gabon Review

[Translated summary: There are an estimated 190,000 firearms (licit and illicit) in the hands of civilians in Gabon. Recently, the government adopted a new decree that sets the fee for firearm licences and hidden handgun carry permits. The aim is to reduce the number of homicides, which was 148 in 2012.] L'utilisation des armes à feu par des civils dans certaines localités du pays lors des émeutes postélectorales fait réfléchir le gouvernement. Avec un arsenal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gabon Review

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Congo (DRC)

24 August 2016

Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

[Translated summary: Authorities of the province of Haut-Katanga (Congo) have destroyed 429 firearms of different calibres. These arms were recovered in three months during an on-going civilian disarming operation on which the owners were rewarded with motorcycles, bikes and other goods.] Les autorités de la province du Haut-Katanga ont détruit, mardi 23 août, environ 429 armes à feu de différents calibres, dans la cité de Kilwa, située à plus de 350 km de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

10 July 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

NAMIBE — Sixty-seven thousand of 102,027 fire arms so far collected from the civil population countrywide have been destroyed, said Saturday in southwest Namibe province the second general commander of National Police chief commissioner, Paulo de Almeida. Also coordinator of National Technical Sub-Commission for Civilian Disarmament, Paulo de Almeida was speaking at the central event of the International Small Arms Destruction Day, on July 9. The senior police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Angola National Police has recovered five firearms and a Kalashnikov magazine in the context of the disarmament of the civilian population. Since 2008, the police have seized 6,849 guns.] SUMBE - Cinq armes à feu de type AKM ont été récupérées par la Police nationale, au cours des sept derniers jours, dans la province de Cuanza Sul, dont la ville de Sumbe est le chef-lieu (littoral-centre). Outre les armes, un chargeur de Kalachnikov a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

Five fire-arms of the AKM type were collected in the last seven days by the Police Command of the central Cuanza Sul Province, in the ambit of the disarmament process of the civilian population. The weekly report of the corporation, which reached ANGOP last Friday, states that one AKM bullets magazine was also collected. Since the start of the process in 2008 the corporation in Cuanza Sul collected 6,849 fire-arms of different calibres, and from that number 425 were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

39284

Burundi,Rwanda,North Korea,Congo (DRC)

14 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training. The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said they found that pistols similar to those produced in North Korea were issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

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Cameroon

19 April 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: According to the Cameroonian minister in charge of wildlife, 2,000 firearms have been seized during an operation against ivory poaching.] Plus de six tonnes d'ivoire saisies par les services camerounais de protection de la faune et des forêts ont été incinérées mardi en public dans Yaoundé, une première dans ce pays d'Afrique centrale. Cette destruction par le feu concerne 2000 défenses d'éléphants pour un poids de 3,510 tonnes et 1753... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

17 April 2016

Agência Angola Press

[Translated summary: The coordinator of an on-going disarmament programme in the province of Cuanza Sul, Angola, claimed that this government strategy contributes to the consolidation of peace and development. Since the beginning of the programme, more than 100,000 firearms have been recovered.] Sumbe - Le coordinateur de la Sous-commission Technique Nationale pour le Désarmement de la Population Civile, le commissaire chef Paulo de Almeida, a considéré comme très... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

17 March 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: According to the 2015 National Police Report, 2,303 firearms of various calibres were seized last year.] LUANDA — La situation de la sécurité publique dans le pays est stable, selon les autorités policières, 80 pour cent des crimes enregistrés ont été éclaircis en 2015 et par conséquent, la détention des présumés auteurs impliqués dans des homicides volontaires, vols et violations. La constatation a été exprimée dans un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Cameroon

10 February 2016

Journal du Cameroun, Agence Africaine de Presse

[Translated summary: More than 34,000 small arms are in circulation in Cameroon, according to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).] Plus de 34 000 armes légères sont en circulation au Cameroun, a annoncé la branche nationale de Women's international league for peace and freedom (WILPF) au cours de la restitution d'une enquête, mercredi à Douala. Cette enquête découle du Traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA) qui est un texte normatif... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal du Cameroun, Agence Africaine de Presse

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Central African Republic

1 June 2014

Reuters

DAKAR - Central African Republic's prime minister on Sunday called for voluntary national disarmament next week in a bid to halt a worsening cycle of violence that threatens to drive Muslims from the West of the country. In a televised address, Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke declared June 8 would be a day for all citizens to hand in their weapons, after a spike in sectarian tensions in the majority-Christian capital Bangui following an attack on a church by Muslim... (GunPolicy.org)

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38720

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)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

38663

Somalia,Congo (DRC),Africa,Tanzania,Kenya,European Union

13 May 2014

Shanghai Daily (China)

NAIROBI - Experts from across Africa will meet in Nairobi on Wednesday to seek ways to help address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the continent, ravaged by many conflicts. A statement from the Nairobi-based Regional Centre for Small Arms (RCSA) said Tuesday the 3rd meeting of the AU-Regions steering committee on small arms and light weapons and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration will seek ways of combating cross border flows illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China)

38661

Nigeria,Cameroon

14 April 2014

Voice of America

YAOUNDE — Cameroon's government says it has seized huge consignments of arms and ammunition destined for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. Residents in the area of the alleged seizure, however, say they are unaware of any such activity. "The governor of the Far North Region has congratulated the forces of law and order and administrative authorities of Logone and Chari Division for impounding a huge quantity of arms and ammunition which was being smuggled for... (GunPolicy.org)

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38569

Chad,Niger,Nigeria,Cameroon

9 April 2014

Deutsche Welle

The announcement of the discovery in Cameroon of a large cache of arms and ammunition intended for Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria is regarded in some quarters as government propaganda. There was alarm in northern Cameroon when it was announced in early April that two Italian priests and a nun had been kidnapped by suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency in neighboring Nigeria. The whereabouts of the three are still unknown.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Cameroon,Nigeria

1 April 2014

Premium Times (Nigeria)

The Cameroonian security forces have succeeded in capturing two suspected arms suppliers to terrorists in Nigeria, an official has said. According to a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, over 288 rifles, 35 Rocket Propelled Guns and 35 improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, were recovered from the suspects by the Cameroonian forces. Mr. Olukolade said the recovery was made after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

38520

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

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

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

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

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Angola

28 February 2014

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

The Commander of National Police in central Bie province, commissioner Eduardo Fernando Cerqueira, advised Friday the police officers to leave their firearms in police stations to better control the material and avoid guns to be in the hands of unauthorized people. The commissioner was speaking at the ceremony of 38th anniversary of National Police which is being marked on Friday, considered necessary for the police officers to avoid taking firearms to their houses, as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

38435

Cameroon,Congo (DRC),Nigeria,Sudan,Central African Republic,West Africa,Libya

21 February 2014

IRIN (UN News)

YAOUNDE — Recent arms seizures and arrests of traffickers in Cameroon's Far North Region have highlighted the escalating insecurity caused by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and the impact of the unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan. In January, Cameroon's security forces arrested a man attempting to transport 655 guns to Nigeria. In September 2013, 5,400 AK-47 rifles were seized on a pick-up truck in Maroua, the capital of Far North Region,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

38395

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)

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

Saudi Arabia,Libya,France,Egypt,Spain,Italy,European Union,Israel,Myanmar,United Kingdom,Germany,Congo (DRC),China

1 February 2014

Ekklesia (UK)

European Union countries licensed arms exports in 2012 valued at €39.9 billion, according to newly released figures. This included a record €9.7 billion in sales to the Middle East – a 22 percent increase on sales in the previous year. The statistics are revealed in the Fifteenth Annual Report on Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAA) says that the figures show little change in arms export... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

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Angola

5 January 2014

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

Under the disarmament of the population illegally owning weapons, the command of the National Police in the central Bie province has held recently six micro operations, resulting in the collection of miscellaneous ordnance. According to the note from the National Police Command that reached ANGOP on Sunday, the corporation seized 88 ammunitions of the type mod -43, about 37 ammunitions of the type mod - 08, at least 11 projectiles of AGS -17, a projectile of AGS -17... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

38239

Kenya,Mozambique,Somalia,Congo (DRC),Tanzania

30 December 2013

Independent (UK)

The wildest sound on the savannah is not the lion's roar, but the elephant's trumpet. When he senses a lurking poacher, the elephant screams, loud and shrill, to alert the herd and scare his enemy. The poacher, standing only a few feet away takes aim and fires. The elephant screams again, before he collapses in a heap. One bullet will rarely kill an adult elephant, and it takes many minutes before the life drains away. Military weapons such as AK-47s are increasingly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

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Congo (DRC)

4 December 2013

Digital Congo

[Translated summary: The Democratic Republic of Congo government has voted to accept a draft law on the control of firearms and ammunition and the prevention of firearms trafficking. The law includes licence requirements and works to meet the DRC's obligations under the Nairobi Protocol.] KINSHASA - La Chambre haute du Parlement s'est appesantie sur la réglementation de la détention et du trafic d'armes légères en RDC en votant à sa séance plénière de mardi un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Digital Congo

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Congo (DRC),Burundi

11 November 2013

Ici Lome (Togo)

[Translated summary: Burundi officials have begun a second voluntary national disarmament campaign to reduce the number of illegal firearms held by citizens. Authorities also hope that the move will reduce the crime rate, with weapons entering the country through its porous borders. The first disarmament campaign in 2009 resulted in the collection of thousands of weapons.] Burundi - Le chef de l'Etat burundais Pierre Nkurunziza a procédé ce lundi au lancement de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

30 October 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

At least 86,000 firearms were collected by Angolan National Police from 2008 to 2013, as part of the voluntary disarming process, it was announced on Wednesday by police chief commissioner, Paulo de Almeida. According to the coordinator of national technical sub commission for civil population disarming, despite of voluntary hand over by the citizens, the national police has the main goal of keeping the public order and tranquility, by sensitizing the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

38034

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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Cameroon,Central Africa

2 September 2013

Deutsche Welle

Hardly a day goes by in Cameroon without reports of an armed robbery or pirate attacks off the coast. Residents in Yaounde, the capital, say the region's rising crime rate is making them more and more afraid to go about their everyday lives. Violent crime has gone up 22 percent in the last 10 years according to authorities. And yet, in 2011 a potential solution was in sight. The Economic Community of Central African States had approved a gun control treaty for small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Angola

5 August 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Authorities in the Bengo province of Angola have collected 4,944 firearms in the last five years as part of a civilian disarmament program.] CAXITO, Angola - Quatre mille 944 armes à feu, dont 3.355 de marque AKM, ont été collectées au cours de cinq dernières années dans la province de Bengo, dans le cadre du processus de désarmement de citoyens en possession illégale de fusils. Le bilan du rapport hebdomadaire du commandement provincial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Congo (DRC)

1 August 2013

Voice of America

GOMA — People who have fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern conflict zone say the armed groups that control their villages have imposed a new rule: each family must buy a firearm from the local armed group, or face unpleasant consequences. There are many firearms in Masisi territory, the part of eastern Congo that saw the country's worst inter-ethnic violence last year. Now, according to people who fled the territory, gun ownership has been made... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

30 April 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

CAXITO — At least 4,483 fire-arms, among which 3,333 AKM, were collected in the northen Bengo province in the last six years, as part of the disarmament process of citizens illegally owning weapons. According to a weekly assessment from the National Police in Bengo sent to Angop on Monday, the collection includes 23,472 ammunitions, 1,390 magazines, 340 explosive devices and 26 grenades. The statement informs that during last week the police recorded a compulsory... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Cameroon

29 April 2013

Cameroon Tribune / Camer (Belgium)

[Translated summary: 20 poachers were arrested and 45 firearms seized after an operation in south east Cameroon, while two people were injured. Officials are concerned about the effects of poaching on wildlife and the proliferation of weapons.] 20 braconniers arrêtés et 45 armes à feu saisies à l'EstC'est le bilan de l'opération conduite le ministère des Forêts et de la Faune du 15 au 26 avril. Le bilan de l'opération coup de poing organisée par le Ministère... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cameroon Tribune / Camer (Belgium)

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European Union,Congo (ROC)

25 April 2013

Global Times (China)

More than 2.6 million rounds of unexploded ammunition have been neutralized by a non-governmental organization in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, to avoid a repetition of the deadly blast in the city last year. The action was taken in Brazzaville's Mpila district, where an explosion occurred at an arms depot on March 4, 2012, the European Union (EU) said in a statement released here on Wednesday. "The evaluation of the clearing and clean-up... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37371

Poland,Ukraine,Israel,Côte d'Ivoire,Bulgaria,Belarus,China,Angola,Russia

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN - Côte d'Ivoire's recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity. Two years after coming to power in 2000, Laurent Gbagbo's administration faced an army mutiny, which morphed into a full-scale rebellion. In response, the government underwent a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

37347

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

10 April 2013

Daily News (Egypt)

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

Read More: Daily News (Egypt)

37305

Central Africa,East Africa,Ghana

26 March 2013

Spy Ghana (Ghana)

Ghana has played a major role in stopping the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and has destroyed over 2,500 weapons since 2001, according to the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin. Addressing Parliamentarians from 12 countries in Africa on the strides Ghana has made in dealing with the illegal trade in guns, Hon. Bagbin stated that Ghana is an active member of the global efforts to control illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Spy Ghana (Ghana)

37238

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

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Angola

4 March 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: 104 firearms and 750 ammunition seized in 2012 in the framework of the Disarmament Programme in the province of Kuando Kubango, Angola.] MENONGUE (Angola) - 104 armes à feu et 750 munitions diverses ont été récupérées en 2012 dans la province de Kuando Kubango (extrême-sud-est) dans le cadre du programme de désarmement de la population. Le bilan annuel rendu public jeudi à l'occasion des 37 ans de la police angolaise indique que parmi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

37132

China,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Somalia,Angola,South Africa,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Kenya

21 February 2013

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Much is being written and said in the media and academic circles about China's increasing engagement with Africa on many economic and other fronts. Some see this as benefiting Africa; others as detrimental to the real needs of African countries and peoples. Some critics have used phrases like "the second scramble for Africa" and "re-colonization of Africa" to describe the new development. The debate goes on. Yet, there is one subject that has not received the serious... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37098

Angola

30 January 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

Luanda — The Attorney-General, João Maria de Sousa, has defended the application of severe punitive measures on individuals found in possession of illegal firearms. João Maria de Sousa has defended this stance at the session that discussed, in specialty, the State Budget Draft for 2013, with the coordination of the 1st and 10th Commissions of the National Assembly. The magistrate said that this measure is justified by the fact that the country has recorded a high... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

37007

Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36931

Angola

14 December 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

CAXITO — At least 4.351 weapons were seized in the northern Bengo province by the Police, under the disarming process of the population illegally owning firearms, which started in April, 2008, Angop has learnt. A press note from the corporation says that the Police also seized 22.362 ammunitions, 1.342 magazines, 202 explosive devices and 26 projectiles. Meanwhile the police destroyed 1.450 weapons, 776 magazines, 3.000 ammunitions and 888 explosive devices. Under... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36834

Congo (DRC),United States,Burkina Faso,Tanzania

26 November 2012

New York Times

NEW YORK — As icons go, few things communicate global menace more effectively than the stark silhouette of an AK-47. Designed more than six decades ago by Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Soviet tank commander, the assault rifle boasts the dubious distinction of being the most abundant and reliable killing device in history. "In much of the world they are everyman's gun," the New York Times foreign correspondent C.J. Chivers wrote in "The Gun," his 2010 social history... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36773

Somalia,Congo (DRC),Kenya,South Sudan,Sudan,Uganda,East Africa

16 October 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

Directors of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorates (CIID) in the East African region on Monday resolved to support Somalia to neutralise gun trafficking across the region. The directors said arms traffickers were taking advantage of Somalia's instability and location next to the sea. The Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said Somalia, which is now a reconstructed state, is ready to halt and thrash all culprits in gun trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

36646

Angola

9 October 2012

United Press International

LUANDA, Angola - Angola's massive arms stocks acquired during its war for independence worry arms proliferation specialists. "Re-export is a problem generally. It can occur decades after the original deliveries," Small Arms Survey researcher Glenn McDonald said from Geneva. "Angola is on the radar at the moment, as it has significant surplus stocks (of weapons)." In the past five months Angolan authorities have collected more than 80,000 small weapons under a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

36659

Angola

9 October 2012

United Press International

LUANDA, Angola - Angola's massive arms stocks acquired during its war for independence worry arms proliferation specialists. "Re-export is a problem generally. It can occur decades after the original deliveries,: Small Arms Survey researcher Glenn McDonald said from Geneva. "Angola is on the radar at the moment, as it has significant surplus stocks (of weapons)." In the past five months Angolan authorities have collected more than 80,000 small weapons under a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

36627

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)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

36317

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)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

36293

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)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

36280

Angola

21 June 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Five Angolan citizens accused of illegal possession of firearms were condemned to a suspended sentence and a fine.] LUBANGO - Cinq citoyens angolais accusés de détention illégale d'armes à feu et d'engins explosifs, ont été condamnés par le tribunal provincial de Huila, à Lubango, a appris l'Angop jeudi, de source policière. Le porte-parole de la police locale, le surintendant en chef Paiva Tomás, a livré cette information, précisant... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36271

Angola

18 June 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Angola National Police recovered 109 firearms of various calibres in Luanda. This action took place in the framework of the disarmament programme of the civilian population.] LUANDA - la Police Nationale à Luanda a recueilli 109 armes à feu de divers calibres, au mois de mai dernier, dans le cadre du programme de désarment de la population civile, qui se trouve dans sa phase cohercitive. L'information est contenue dans le rapport mensuel de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36261

Libya,Congo (DRC),Chad,Central African Republic,Sudan

29 May 2012

Sudan Vision Daily

Last week Khartoum hosted the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) conference for Sudan and its western neighbouring states including Central African Republic, the Republic of Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Libya. The conference aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination efforts in order to control the spread, flow, misuse and illegal circulation of small arms and light weapons within and across the borders, and on the fundamental... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Vision Daily

36187

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

25 May 2012

Afriquinfos / Xinhua

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

Read More: Afriquinfos / Xinhua

36172

Egypt,Africa,Congo (DRC),Central African Republic,Sudan,Chad,Libya

24 May 2012

New Vision (Kampala) / AFP

Security officials from five African states have pledged to step up cooperation to control the flow of small arms after a UN-backed conference. Ministers of interior and security from Libya, Chad, Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as a provincial governor from Democratic Republic of Congo, agreed to establish a joint body to counter the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. A declaration issued late Wednesday after their two-day conference said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala) / AFP

36170

Congo (DRC),Libya,Sudan,Central African Republic,Chad

22 May 2012

Sudan Vision Daily

KHARTOUM – The United Nations announced that it is coordinating with the Sudanese Government and the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (DDRC) to combat use of small and light arms in the Sudan, to strengthen institutions at the national level to curb armed violence and reduce demand on arms. Use of arms disrupts development and spreads chaos, UN resident Coordinator, Ali Al-Zaetri, said, adding that the economic loss caused by the use of these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Vision Daily

36157

Angola

21 May 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: The National Police of Bengo, Angola, seized eight firearms that were held illegally by civilians.] CAXITO, Angola - Le commandement provincial de la Police Nationale de Bengo, au nord de Luanda, a saisi huit armes, la semaine dernière, a appris l'Angop lundi de source policière. Selon la source, ces armes étaient détenues illégalement par des citoyens. Un communiqué parvenu lundi à l'Angop souligne que parmi les armes récupérées de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36152

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

Angola

22 April 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

CAXITO — At least 119 firearms of assorted calibres unlawfully in the hands of civilians in northern Bengo province were freely surrendered to the National Police from January 1 to April 22 this year, Angop learned. The information was released by the Provincial Command of the National Police director for Public Order, Marcos Domingos. According to the officer, 4,294 firearms have so far been surrendered in Bengo province since the nationwide operation started in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36061

Angola

16 April 2012

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — The National Commission for Disarmament of Civilians will intensify its actions of coercive disarmament of citizens in possession of weapons throughout the country. It was announced on Monday, by the spokesman of the committee, chief commissioner Paulo Gaspar de Almeida, at the end of a meeting held in Luanda, with the provincial and ministerial coordinators. According to Paulo Gaspar de Almeida, actions will be implemented in all provinces, especially in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

36049

Ethiopia,South Africa,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Ukraine,Côte d'Ivoire,Eastern Europe,Russia,Central African Republic,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States,Colombia,Angola,Liberia,North Africa,West Asia,Africa

11 April 2012

Think Africa Press (London)

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week. Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels. His companies... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Think Africa Press (London)

36019

Congo (DRC)

14 March 2012

Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

[Translated summary: The Governor of North Kivu, Julien Paluku, re-launches the operation "North Kivu Unarmed", calling anyone who illegaly possess a firearm to surrender it. A buyback launched in 2009 in Kinshasa and in the eastern provinces had allowed to collect 12,000 firearms.] Le gouverneur du Nord-Kivu, Julien Paluku a remis une centaine d'armes individuelles et de guerre, mardi 13 mars, au commandant de la 8ème région militaire. Cette remise coïncide avec la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

35908

Angola

13 March 2012

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: A recent Amnesty in Angola allowed to collect at least 90,000 firearms. The Commander General of Police, Ambrosio de Lemos, said that although the voluntary surrender phase is over, the owners can still bring firearms to the competent authorities.] Al menos 90 mil armas de fuego fueron recogidas en Angola en los últimos tiempos, como resultado de una labor persuasiva con la población para la entrega de esos artefactos, informaron hoy aquí... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

35909

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)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

Kenya,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Uganda

25 February 2012

Monitor (Kampala)

The government is drafting a bill to tighten, control and limit the use of firearms by security agencies and civilians across the country. The Firearms, Ammunition and Related Materials Bill seeks to harmonise all existing laws governing possession of guns, including the Firearms Act, 1970. The 1970 Act only regulates ownership of firearms held by individuals, while those held by the police and security agencies are governed under separate laws. It is not known how... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Monitor (Kampala)

35862

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)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

35854

Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

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)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

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)

Read More: Amnesty International

35769

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)

Read More: New York Times

35632

Burundi,Uganda,Rwanda,Congo (DRC),Africa

5 December 2011

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria), Report

The ability to trace small arms and light weapons (SALW) is an important step toward transparency and preventing the illicit use of firearms in conflict and crime. December 8th 2011 marks the 6th year since the adoption of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) by the United Nations General Assembly. In adopting the ITI, although not legally binding, the UN Member States acknowledged that the instrument would enable them to identify and trace, in a timely and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

35627

Congo (DRC),Africa,Kenya,United States

30 November 2011

New York Times

When Cara Buono arrived at the Emmy Awards in September, nominated as best guest actress in a drama series for her role as Dr. Faye Miller in "Mad Men," she wore a $150,000 political statement in her lobes. "These earrings," she said, "are made from AK-47 gun metal." Ms. Buono's husband, Peter Thum, is a founder, with John Zapolski, of Fonderie 47, an organization that converts what is perhaps the most widely distributed assault rifle into jewelry. On a visit to Kenya... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35610

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

15 November 2011

Time (USA)

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

Read More: Time (USA)

35547

Cameroon

3 November 2011

Radio Netherlands

Last July, 21-year-old Giulien Tchouangang accidentally shot and killed his little brother, Sidou Dzongang, who was only 13. The two brothers were playing with a firearm they found in their living room, unaware that it was loaded. "The firearm Giulien Tchouangang used is a homemade 5.5mm calibre rifle which was modified into a 12 mm calibre that is used for hunting," says Sergeant Wassaing Albert, who heads the Bangou gendarmerie unit in Western Province of Cameroon,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Netherlands

35506

Mexico,Congo (DRC),Sudan,Central African Republic,Sri Lanka,Colombia,Jamaica,Iraq,El Salvador,Central Africa,Caribbean,Central America,South America

29 October 2011

Associated Press

GENEVA — More people are killed by armed violence resulting from crime than are killed in war, with Latin America and a swath of countries through the middle of Africa among the hardest hit, an international study claimed Thursday. About 526,000 people die violently every year — or more than 1,400 people every day — according to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report. Only about 55,000 of those killed die in warfare, while an estimated 396,000 people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35488

Sao Tome & Principe,Rwanda,Gabon,Equatorial Guinea,Congo (ROC),Congo (DRC),Chad,Central African Republic,Cameroon,Burundi,Angola,Central Africa,Austria

21 October 2011

African Press Organization (APO), Media release

NEW YORK -- The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations will organize tomorrow a special event entitled "Enhancing Small Arms Control In Central Africa — The Kinshasa Convention" at the Permanent Mission of Austria. This event will promote this new sub-regional instrument to control and fight the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa. In September 2011, all eleven... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African Press Organization (APO)

35443

Sudan,Congo (DRC),Djibouti,Central Africa,East Africa,Rwanda

20 October 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

Rwanda was, on Tuesday, elected to spearhead a regional campaign against illicit small arms and light weapons. The country was picked by delegates attending a ministerial council meeting of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), a grouping of 15 eastern and central African countries, dedicated to eradicating the proliferation of illegal arms across their borders. The meeting was held in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti. Rwanda was elected on the basis of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

35440

Angola

18 October 2011

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

KUITO — A total of 2,146 firearms of various calibre were seized by the National Police in central Bie province since the process of disarming of civilians in possession of weapons started in June this year in the country. The information was provided Monday in the province's capital city, Kuito, by the spokesperson for the Technical Commission for Disarming, António Jorge, while presenting an assessment of the operation. The officer stressed that in the period in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

35432

Southern Africa,Central Africa,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Africa,South America,Central America,Caribbean

5 October 2011

Le Parisien (France) / AFP

[Translated summary: According to a new report on homicide from UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), most of the 468,000 homicides in 2010 took place in Africa and in Latin America. Firearms were involved in 42%. In Central America and the Caribbean, firearms were involved in three quarters of the homicides.] La plupart des 468.000 homicides commis dans le monde en 2010 ont eu lieu en Afrique et en Amérique latine et concernent surtout des hommes, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Parisien (France) / AFP

35377

Tanzania,Sudan,Somalia,Seychelles,Kenya,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Djibouti,East Africa,Congo (DRC),Rwanda,Burundi

16 September 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

The Executive Secretary of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Dr. Francis K. Sang, has called upon all countries within the region to come up with more mechanisms and strategies to fight against the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons. RECSA is an intergovernmental body based in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together 13 countries from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region. All member states that subscribe to the centre, including Rwanda, are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

35284

Angola

23 August 2011

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: The National Police collected twelve firearms in the framework of Angola Disarmament Campaign. Since 2008, 4,029 firearms have been collected.] CAXITO, Angola - Le commandement provincial de la Police nationale a recueilli douze armes à feu, la fin de la semaine dernière, dans la province de Bengo, au nord de Luanda, dans le cadre de la campagne de désarmément en cours dans le pays. Un communiqué parvenu mardi, à l'Angop, souligne que le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

35239

Cameroon

9 August 2011

Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Blog

[Translated summary: Trafficking of bladed weapons and firearms is a common thing in Cameroonian prisons. Sometimes carried out with the help of guards. All means are good, even with the help of a priest hiding a handgun in a bible.] Des armes blanches et des armes à feu circulent dans les prisons camerounaises, notamment à la prison de New Bell à Douala. Parfois avec la complicité des gardiens. Les détenus s'en servent pour organiser évasions ou vols. Condamné... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Nouvel Observateur (France)

35180

Gabon,United States

8 July 2011

MainJustice.com

The Justice Department's decision to use an undercover sting to encourage executives in the defense products industry to offer bribes may have backfired this week, as jurors couldn't reach a verdict in a case the Justice Department had called the "turning point" for its fight against foreign bribery. After more than 16 months of pre-trial hearings, 6 weeks of trial and 7 days of deliberation the case came to unsatisfying and unfinished end Thursday. U.S. Federal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MainJustice.com

35062

Congo (DRC)

5 July 2011

Digital Congo (Congo DRC) / La Prospérité

[Translated summary: More than 300,000 firearms are held by civilians in the East region of Congo DRC. The two most common firearms are assault rifles and non-automatic rifles. These numbers can be found in a new study published by the UNDP/DRC.] Plus de 300 000 armes à feu sont détenues par des civils dans l'Est de la RDC. Les deux armes les plus fréquemment détenus par les ménages sont le fusil d'assaut et le fusil non automatique. « Armes légères dans la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Digital Congo (Congo DRC) / La Prospérité

35023

Angola,Congo (DRC)

29 June 2011

BBC News

A deadly gun battle has erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining capital of Lubumbashi. President Joseph Kabila is in the town to preside over Thursday's Independence Day ceremonies. Reports indicate that a military depot was the focus of the assault, but officials deny this. Police opened fire on the attackers. Two gunmen and three civilians were killed in the gun battle, which lasted just under an hour. The gunfire began on Wednesday between 0300-0400... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

34997

Angola

28 June 2011

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: In the coercive phase of the disarmament of the civilian population, 13 citizens were judged and sentenced to a prison term of three to 12 months for unlawful possession of firearms. During the last eight months, 9,450 weapons and 42,245 ammunition were destroyed.] HUAMBO, Angola – Treize citoyens d'ãges compris entre 17 et 42 ans ont été jugés et condamnés, ces derniers huit mois, par le tribunal provincial de Huambo, de trois à 12 mois de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

34991

Palestine,Libya,Chad,Sudan,Egypt

27 June 2011

Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt)

A new conversation has been taking place around Egypt for the past five months, one that rarely came up before. How do you acquire a firearm? With rising crime rates and an ongoing security vacuum since 28 January, the smuggling, manufacturing, and purchasing of weapons is on the rise.The insecurity has generated new clients and markets in a country where previously one rarely heard of civilians carrying personal weapons. The persistent security vacuum has sparked a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt)

34989

Angola

25 June 2011

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Fourteen firearms of various calibres were voluntarily surrendered to the police by population of the province of Cunene]. ONDJIVA, Angola - Quatorze armes de divers calibres ont été volontairement remises à la police la semaine dernière par population dans la province de Cunene. Il s'agit de 14 armes de type AKM, cinq chargeurs, un obus de mortier de 60mm et 448 cartouches diverses. La semaine antérieure, la population de Cunene avait... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

34987

Congo (DRC)

15 June 2011

La Prospérité (Congo DRC)

[Translated summary: A panel of experts met this week in Kinshasa to discuss the stockpiling and destruction of firearms and ammunition in DRC. The objective was to define the geographic priorities and emergencies on matters related to securing and managing stockpiling of National Defence firearms and ammunition. As mentioned by the National Commission, this is one step towards the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prospérité (Congo DRC)

34942

Congo (DRC)

5 June 2011

Radio Okapi (Congo DRC)

[Translated summary: Local civil society groups met in Goma, DRC to raise awareness of the 12,000 firearms distributed to civilians during conflict, but not returned. They urged the government to pass a new law on the movement of firearms]. C'est le constat fait, samedi 4 juin, à Goma à l'issue d'une journée de réflexion organisée par l'Association des volontaires du Congo (Asvoco) sur le thème: «Qui est responsable?». Selon le président de cette association,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Okapi (Congo DRC)

34917

Angola

12 February 2011

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — At least 123 fire-arms of various calibres were collected in January in the province of Luanda, part of process of disarmament of citizens in illegal possession of weapons which runs across the country. According to a report from the technical sub-committee of Luanda that reached Angop, in this period were also collected 36 loaders and 146 ammunitions. Concerning the surrender and coercive collection of weapons, the note highlights the police units of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

34394

Central Africa

22 November 2010

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE - Officials and analysts expressed optimism that a convention signed in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, on 19 November would succeed in stemming the flow of small arms in central Africa, as long as it is backed by robust implementation measures. "For the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] which has suffered the disastrous consequences of the circulation of small arms, a legal instrument such as the Kinshasa Convention is something extremely crucial,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

33692

Central Africa,Gabon

22 September 2010

United Nations News Centre

The head of the United Nations crime watchdog today applauded the accession by Gabon to treaties on human and arms trafficking, noting that the move will help strengthen peace and security in Central Africa. The two pacts are part of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which is under the jurisdiction of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and was adopted in the Italian city of Palermo a decade ago. Gabon acceded to two of the Convention's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations News Centre

33400

Angola

12 August 2010

Afrique en Ligne

LUANDA, Angola - A total of 76,859 firearms of various types were seized this year by the National Commission for Disarmament of Civilians in Illegal Possession of Arms. The coordinator of the Technical sub-Commission for Disarmament, Paulo de Almeida, said at the end of a meeting of the National Commission on Wednesday that Luanda continued to lead in the statistics, followed by southern Huila province. According to police chief-commissioner, Paulo de Almeida, some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Afrique en Ligne

33170

Central Africa

29 July 2010

Voice of America

Trafficking in small arms and light weapons is on the rise in parts of Central Africa, say regional sources from the International Action Network against Light Weapons. Members of the group say this proliferation poses an increased threat to stability in the area. Regional experts who work to combat arms trafficking recently met in Gabon to discuss the increasing threat posed by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa. Based in Central... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

33103

Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda,Congo (DRC),Burundi,Somalia,Ethiopia,Djibouti,Eritrea

3 July 2010

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

The Regional Centre on Small Arms (Recsa) is procuring a database software to facilitate firearms marking, record keeping and trade of light weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. Speaking at a two-day regional workshop in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, the Recsa Monitoring and Evaluation head, Mr Nestory Mpembela, said with the database software, small arms and light weapons particulars would be at finger tips. "This product will immensely and positively... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

32962

Zimbabwe,India,Algeria,Chad,Angola,Saudi Arabia,Colombia,Libya,South Africa,Swaziland,Cameroon,United Arab Emirates

1 July 2010

Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa, which has been winning applause for its hosting of the 2010 World Cup, is now coming under fire for another success: global arms sales. According to the South African watch group, Ceasefire Campaign, South African arms merchants have sold $1.7 billion worth of weapons in the past decade to "problematic" countries that are either involved in internal conflicts or with poor human rights records. The arms sales would appear to be in violation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

32947

Bosnia & Herzegovina,Panama,Chad,Israel,United States,Somalia

29 June 2010

Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry sources adamantly denied yesterday that they were in any way involved in arms shipments to Somalia. Spokesmen for both ministries were responding to news of the arrest in the U.S. of Hanoch Miller, an Israeli arms merchant, for allegedly illegal arms sales to Somalia, forging documents, money laundering and violating the UN arms embargo on Somalia. A Defense Ministry spokesman said there is a ban on arms sales to Somalia and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

32903

Angola

17 June 2010

ReliefWeb / Government of Angola, Media release

NEW YORK – The Angolan permanent representative to the United Nations, Ismael Gaspar Martins, Thursday in New York announced that a total of 74,495 firearms were seized in Angola the last two years, as a result of a Government action to fight the proliferation and trafficking of war material. Ismael Martins was speaking at the UN 4th Biennial Session on small arms, accompanied by the deputy commander general of the National Police and coordinator of the National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ReliefWeb / Government of Angola

32858

Angola

16 May 2010

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUCALA, Angola — At least 106 various explosive devices were destroyed on Friday in Lucala locality, in the northern Kwanza Norte Province, by a demining brigade of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA). The referred explosive devices were deactivated from January to April 2010 in "Coreia Dois" area in Lucala locality. The explosive devices and other lethal materials which were destroyed comprise 22 machine-guns of different calibres, an RPG7, seven projectiles from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

32688

United Nations,Central Africa

30 April 2010

UN News Centre (New York)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted ministers from Central African nations to work towards adopting a legal instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking, a move that will help reduce violence and bring peace and security to countries in the sub-region. "The link between arms trafficking and other illicit activities is increasingly undeniable," said Mr. Ban. "Yet Central Africa remains one of the few African sub-regions without a legally binding instrument to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UN News Centre (New York)

32610

Africa,Central Africa,East Africa

17 April 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Proliferation of guns and other light weapons has become a serious security threat. Efforts by Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia to disarm pastoralists have failed to bear fruits and the arms trade and cattle rustling continue to thrive. However, the Regional Centre On Small Arms (Recsa) plans to develop a common disarmament guideline for its 13 member States, including Kenya. Recsa Executive Secretary Francis Sang says poor co-ordination and disorganised disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

32574

Congo (DRC)

29 January 2010

Xinhua

KINSHASA -- A "firearms for money" operation will be launched on Jan. 28 in the restive eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in the central African country's another bid to restore peace and stability, a source in charge has disclosed. Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda Nyanga, the initiator of the operation, made the disclosure after a meeting with Governor of North Kivu province Julien Paluku in the provincial capital Goma on Friday. Each local... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

32024

South Africa,Angola,Togo

11 January 2010

Times Live (South Africa)

Head of the 2010 local organising committee (LOC) Danny Jordaan described as "stupid" people who questioned South Africa's security measures for the World Cup after Friday's attack on the Togolese soccer team. "It doesn't make sense. If a bomb went off in Spain, do you think I should call England to ask about what the impact is on the Olympics England is organising? I think if something happens in France, you'll know it happened in France, not elsewhere," the LOC head... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times Live (South Africa)

31808

Angola

10 January 2010

BBC News

Angolan authorities have arrested two people over a deadly attack on Togo's football team at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, state media says. Angola's National Radio reported that two suspects were arrested in the northern province of Cabinda - where Togo's team bus was attacked on Friday. Cabinda has seen a low-level insurgency for many years. Two Togolese officials and the Angolan bus driver were killed in Friday's attack and the team has returned home. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

31807

Angola

8 January 2010

Associated Press

LUANDA, Angola - Gunmen in an area plagued by separatist violence used machine guns to open fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national soccer team to a tournament in this southwest African country, killing the driver and wounding at least nine people, including two players. Some players said they wanted to pull out of the African Cup of Nations tournament following the violence, but an official in Angola said it would go ahead as planned. Togo's bus in a convoy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

31805

Central Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Rwanda,Somalia,Sudan,Uganda,Burundi,Congo (DRC)

3 November 2009

Xinhua

NAIROBI — The Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA) has decried the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes region, Horn of Africa and bordering states. RECSA Executive Secretary Francis Sang noted that the center was working in collaboration with the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa to promote disarmament. To address this problem, he said, the governments should support the national, sub-regional, regional and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

31368

East Africa,Central Africa

7 September 2009

East African (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Countries from the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa are to harmonise their laws to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. "In order to address the problem effectively, we have resolved to harmonise our laws so that we can rein in the culprits. Our state arms are being marked to help in tracing them if they fall into the wrong hands," Tanzania Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Dominic Hayuma said. The harmonisation programme... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

30890

Zimbabwe,Congo (DRC)

21 July 2009

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Arms and ammunition manufactured in Zimbabwe could be finding its way to Western markets, despite sanctions on President Robert Mugabe's government, according to a new international report. Zimbabwe — Arms and Corruption: Fuelling Human Rights Abuses, prepared by conflict researchers International Peace Information Service (IPIS), states that Mugabe is still able to profit from an arms trade that includes agents from Europe and the United States. Zimbabwe also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

30764

Zimbabwe,South Africa,Congo (ROC),Montenegro,United States

12 July 2009

Sunday Independent (South Africa)

Zimbabwe is not only stockpiling modern weapons, but is circumventing sanctions by exporting arms to the US via Eastern Europe, according to a report to be released this week. According to the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), a Belgian research hub, the situation in Zimbabwe is a good example of why the UN-proposed Arms Trade Treaty needs to be as comprehensive as possible. Throughout last year, when the political climate was at its most volatile, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Independent (South Africa)

30515

United Nations,Rwanda,Central Africa,East Africa,Southern Africa

3 July 2009

United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs / UNODA (New York), Media release

Rwanda will host a United Nations regional meeting on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons for States of the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa, on 8 and 9 July, in Kigali, the capital. The meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and in collaboration with the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs / UNODA (New York)

30452

Benin,Gabon

29 June 2009

Fraternité (Cotonou)

COTONOU, Benin — [Translated summary: A boat captain and a Benin resident have been arrested for trafficking in arms, after a local received a package of ammunition shipped from Libreville, Gabon.] Les armes circulent au Bénin. Et ceci, au nez et à la barbe des forces de sécurité publique. La preuve, le Quai C du port de Cotonou semble devenir la plaque tournante du trafic d'armes. Et un réseau de trafiquants qui défie le renforcement de la sécurité portuaire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fraternité (Cotonou)

30433

Cameroon

29 June 2009

Cameroon Tribune

Granting a press briefing in Yaounde recently on the dangers of the gun in most communities, as part of activities of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, the Executive director of the Cameroon Youths for Peace (CAMYOSFOP), Eugine Ngalim Nyuydine recalled the United Nations efforts to stop Small Arms and Light weapons (SALW). Taking questions from journalists on the week long activities against gun violence, he said they were out "to raise awareness,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cameroon Tribune

30408

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

22 June 2009

This Day (Lagos)

KANO — The seven-member crew of the Ukrainian aircraft that flew into the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Tuesday with arms and ammunition were yesterday moved to the Abuja office of the Directorate of Military intelligence (DMI) for further investigation. A Nigerian clearing agent linked with the Ukrainian aircraft, simply identified as Sylvester, was also taken to the DMI office with the crew. Sources also confirmed that Ukrainian embassy officials met... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

30373

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

21 June 2009

Vanguard (Lagos)

Military authorities yesterday said the Ukranian cargo aircraft loaded with arms and ammunition, which was seized at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport last week, was the type of aircraft used for arms smuggling and that they have no reason not to believe that the arms were not meant for militants in the Niger Delta. According to the military, whether the cache of weapons were destined for Equitorial Guinea or Niger Delta, it is one and the same thing as MEND... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

30358

Equatorial Guinea,Nigeria,Ukraine,Guinea-Bissau,West Africa

19 June 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The huge consignment of weapons found in the Ukrainian cargo plane now detained at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano was procured by the Ministry of Defence of Equatorial Guinea, the crew members of the detained plane told security agents yesterday. They insisted that they were on their way to Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to deliver the arms consignment from the former Soviet Republic of the Ukraine when the plane stopped over in Kano to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

30330

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

18 June 2009

Reuters

KANO, Nigeria — A Ukrainian cargo plane bound for Equatorial Guinea has been impounded in Nigeria after security officers found weapons and ammunition on board, a Nigerian official and Ukrainian media said. The official at northern Nigeria's Kano airport, who asked not to be named, said the plane had stopped to refuel late on Wednesday when the arms were discovered during a routine search. Nigerian police confirmed that an aircraft had been detained but gave no... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

30322

Portugal,Angola,Brazil,Cabo Verde,Guinea-Bissau,Mozambique,Sao Tome & Principe,Timor-Leste

12 June 2009

Diario de Noticias (Lisbon)

CPLP (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) police chiefs have created a committee to fight arms trafficking through tighter controls of legal arms sales. The PSP (Portuguese Public Security Police) has suggested to the CPLP chiefs of police a harmonization of legislation relating to the trade and transport of firearms. The objective is to prevent the considerable number of weapons circulating legally between these countries falling into criminal hands. The CPLP... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario de Noticias (Lisbon)

30323

Nigeria,Chad

10 June 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Four suspected female arms dealers who belong to a syndicate that specialises in supplying arms to armed robbers in different parts of the country, especially in the North-east have been declared wanted by the Taraba State Police command. Taraba Police Commissioner, Aliyu Musa, who made this known to Daily Trust in Jalingo yesterday gave the names of the suspects as Awotu, Akudi, Abanyi and Akwen. He said all of them belong to the same family and hail from Wukari... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

30269

Central African Republic

28 May 2009

IRIN (UN News)

NAIROBI — The Central African Republic (CAR) has been in the throes of a humanitarian crisis for more than a decade. Army mutinies, coups and attempted coups, rebellions, gangs that kidnap for ransom and, more recently, elements of Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army have made life for civilians, especially in the north, extremely challenging, unpredictable, and very dangerous. As IRIN's new documentary film, Under the Gun, demonstrates, many Central Africans... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

30240

Angola

25 May 2009

Angola Press Agency

LUANDA — The National Disarmament Commission collected since the start of this process in 2008 about 55,754 fire-arms, 204,270 ammunitions and 15,781 explosives, informed Monday in Luanda the Second National Police Commander, Paulo de Almeida. The official gave these data during a lecture that delivered on the theme "Disarmament of the civilian population in Angola", in the ambit of the conference on "Peace, reconciliation and reconstruction in the African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency

30133

Angola

17 April 2009

Angola Press

LUANDA — Some sixty people were sentenced this year by the Court to correctional terms of six to seven months of effective prison for illegal possession of firearms, said Friday the second commander-general of National Police, Paulo de Almeida. Speaking to Angop, at the first anniversary of the approval of Government's programme for disarmament of the population, the commissioner de Almeida announced the need to work hard toward taking measures of the criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press

29914

Congo (DRC)

5 March 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

The horror of sexual violence that has blighted the lives of women and girls in DR Congo is nowhere more apparent than at Panzi Hospital, in Bukavu. The first thing that strikes you is the long queue of women. In some parts of East Congo, three out of four women have been raped during the 14 years of conflict. Panzi is East Congo's leading referral hospital for rape survivors, who constitute over two thirds of its patients. Doctors there began vaginal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

29588

Congo (ROC)

4 March 2009

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — At least 2,800 weapons recovered from ex-combatants in a three-week operation in the southern Pool region, site of several civil wars between 1998 and 2003, have been destroyed, according to a government official. "On Monday afternoon, in Kinkala, we incinerated some 2,873 weapons collected from ninja ex-combatants in the Pool region," Moandzibi Olingoba, the commissioner in charge of the economic reintegration of former fighters, told IRIN on 2 March.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

29392

Congo (ROC)

13 February 2009

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILE — The Congolese government has started an operation to buy 3,000 weapons from ex-combatants and others illegally possessing weapons in the Pool region, southern Congo, an official told IRIN on 11 February. "Teams have been deployed on the ground. The operation to buy up the weapons started on 10 February in Pool region. It should allow the purchase of at least 3,000 weapons still in circulation in this zone," Moandzibi Olingoba, commissioner in charge of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

29203

Congo (DRC)

12 February 2009

San Francisco Chronicle

BANGADI, Congo — The weapons on display are all homemade: menacing-looking hunting knives, lances made of sticks topped with metal spears, long-barrelled shotguns. For decades, people in this Congolese town have made guns. But the industry has become a roaring business as people in this remote northeastern region arm themselves against the fearsome rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army. In this town overrun by refugees from attacks on surrounding villages, master... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

29199

Nigeria,Chad

8 February 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

KANO, Nigeria — Last week, a hunter and crime buster, Ali Kwara, cracked down on a robbery gang that led to the arrest of a man who claimed to be a supplier of arms and ammunitions to robbers and ethno-religious warlords during crises. In this chat with Sunday Trust, Sarki Azetu, 31, gives shocking revelations. As a fisherman in a small village in Benue, Sarki Azetu was that dexterous with net, and according to him, his cast was also superb. But that, however, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

29160

Congo (DRC)

15 December 2008

IRIN (UN News)

KINSHASA — Hundreds of people in Kinshasa have handed over illegal weapons for cash and cloth in a no-questions-asked campaign to reduce crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo. AK-47 automatic rifles, Uzi sub-machine guns and rocket launchers were among the 3,000 or so weapons collected over the past three weeks by the Ecumenical Programme for Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (PAREC), an NGO. Those in working order were handed over to the police,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

28942

Angola

15 November 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

ONDJIVA — At least 1,589 firearms of assorted calibers were freely surrendered to the National Police in Ondjiva, southern Cunene province, under the second phase of the National Campaign of Disarming of People in illegal Possession of Firearms. The information was released to Angop by the coordinator of the sub-technical commission for disarming, Domingos Francisco Adão. The officer said that the weapons were surrendered at police stations in the districts of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

28657

Central Africa,Congo (DRC)

18 September 2008

Pambazuka News (Africa/UK), Web Page

It is with much interest that the women's network of IANSA followed the different interventions presented since the beginning of this meeting. This is an opportunity to advance the application of the Program of Action for the control of small arms and light weapons, in all its aspects, including gender violence. The illicit use of small arms includes the offences of domestic violence as well as sexual violence against women. It is recognized that women are less able... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pambazuka News (Africa/UK)

28238

Rwanda,Central Africa,East Africa

19 August 2008

New Times (Kigali)

KIGALI — Rwanda has adequately tackled internal proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons that were rampant in the country due to the 1994 Genocide revealed Army Spokesman, Major Jill Rutaremara. Rutaremara is part of the Rwandan delegation attending the three-day conference (18-22 August) on Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa taking place at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. "The situation is now under control... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Kigali)

28022

Uganda,East Africa,Central Africa

18 August 2008

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

KAMPALA — Countries in the Great Lakes region have been given up to December 30 to brand all light and small weapons in their possession as a means of checking on soaring proliferation of illegal guns. The Executive Director of the Regional Center for Small Arms-Nairobi Chapter, Dr Francis Sang, who was yesterday addressing a three-day conference on small arms and light weapons in Kampala, urged regional member states to observe the deadline. "We expect all member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

28010

Uganda,East Africa,Central Africa

18 August 2008

New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda and other countries in the Great Lakes region have up to December 30 to brand the firearms under State control. Dr. Francis Sang, the executive secretary of the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons, yesterday announced the ultimatum in Kampala. "All the firearms under state control should be taken care of to avoid misuse. That is why we have set December 30 this year as the deadline for all member states to brand their weapons," he said. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

28009

Angola

18 August 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — At least 219 firearms have been surrendered to the National Police in Luanda's high density Sambizanga district, since the beginning of the disarming process, a source from the corporation has announced. According to the second commander of the local police, who presented this figures while addressing the theme "Disarming of civilian is a public security matters", considered the figure as very little, taking into account the number of inhabitants and crimes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

28005

Angola

17 July 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

NEW YORK — The Angolan government reiterated its commitment to fighting the proliferation of guns in society, thus having adopted practical and pragmatic measures aimed for the materialisation of the United Nations Action plan on this matter. Speaking at the 3rd Biennial Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons, happening on 14-18 July at UN headquarters, New York, the Angolan delegation advocated the need to improve small arms and light weapons control. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

27720

Mali,West Africa,Central Africa

10 July 2008

IRIN (UN News)

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU — Mali has become an established transit route for weapons heading from West Africa's increasingly peaceful coastal states to active conflicts in West and Central Africa, an ECOWAS expert has warned. "There are two factors on the supply side — stabilisation in Cote d'Ivoire and in Guinea Conakry," said Jonathan Sandy, small arms programme manager with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Bamako, who says regional monitoring has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

27647

Angola

7 July 2008

Angola Press Agency

LUANDA — Angolan Government announced that coercive disarming of civilians in illegal possession of firearms started in the country on Friday, Angop learned in Luanda. The announcement that included an appeal for those still in possession of firearms to voluntarily hand them in and thus avoid punishment, came at the end of a meeting of the National Commission for Civilians Disarming headed by the prime minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. According to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency

27624

Angola

3 June 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

SAURIMO — About 787 firearms were handed over voluntarily, by citizens illegally owning them, to the National Police in the north-east Lunda Sul province since the beginning of the disarming process last April. According to the spokesperson of the provincial command of the Police in Lunda Sul, told ANGOP this Tuesday that the weapons were handed over in the districts of Saurimo with 440, Muconda with 136, Cacolo with 107 and Dala with 104. Among the materials, he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

27276

Angola

15 May 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

UIGE — Some 1,654 fire-arms of various types were handed over voluntarily, by citizens owning them illegally, to the National Police in the northern Uige Province, from April up to the present date, said Thursday the province's deputy governor for organisation and technical services, Miguel Cutoca. Speaking to ANGOP, Miguel Cutoca, who is also coordinator of the provincial commission for disarmament, said that during this period several ammunitions were equally... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

27092

Angola

6 May 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

MALANJE — Northern Malanje Province governor Cristovao da Cunha on Monday here considered that the illegal possession of fire-arms can create constrains to the national reconciliation process among Angolans. The official was speaking at the opening of the provincial seminar on disarmament of civilians, having added that the illegal possession of weapons represents an individual and collective insecurity for Angolans. He also explained that disarming the population... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

27033

United Nations,United States,France,Canada,Germany,Angola,Thailand,Australia,Colombia,South Africa,Turkey,Pakistan,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,India,China

30 April 2008

Economist

An estimated 875m small arms are in circulation worldwide: one for every seven people on the planet. Nearly three-quarters of these are owned by civilians. And about 80% of those guns in civilian hands are found in just 30 countries, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research group. Although America accounts for 40% of firearms in civilian ownership, people put them to more deadly use elsewhere. The gun murder rate in Colombia and South Africa, for example, is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

26993

Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,United States,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A shipment of weapons to Zimbabwe may be returned to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the troubled southern African nation's neighbors prevented the cargo from being unloaded. The Chinese freighter arrived in South Africa last week, and human rights groups and others said they feared the mortar grenades and bullets onboard could be used by President Robert Mugabe's regime to clamp down on its opposition. Zimbabwean church... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26943

Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,United States,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

Washington Post

JOHANNESBURG — A Chinese ship carrying weapons and ammunition for Zimbabwe's military may be headed back home, reports said, after repeated attempts to deliver its cargo were frustrated by a coalition of legal activists, union workers and human rights groups. The region's resistance to the shipment, which drew praise from the United States on Tuesday, marks a dramatic turn from southern Africa's traditional embrace of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

26941

Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia,Zambia

22 April 2008

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts of a Chinese ship, laden with a cargo of small arms destined for Zimbabwe, after it was turned away from South Africa's port city of Durban. According to some reports, the 150-metre multipurpose cargo vessel, the An Yue Jiang - registered in China and one of 600 vessels owned by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), dubbed by South African media as the "Ship of Shame" — is now en route to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

26940

Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

News24 (Cape Town)

HARARE — Zimbabwe bristled at criticism for buying arms from China on Tuesday, as pressure mounted on its neighbours to keep a load of weapons from reaching their destination. China said a Chinese ship carrying the shipment might return home without offloading its cargo. The ship arrived in South Africa last week carrying Chinese weapons for landlocked Zimbabwe. South African human rights, union and others groups objected, saying the weapons should not be allowed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

26939

United States,Zimbabwe,South Africa,Mozambique,Zambia,Angola,China

22 April 2008

Los Angeles Times / Chicago Tribune

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Public outcries have forced a rusty Chinese cargo ship to avoid South Africa, Mozambique and Angola, leaving it at sea Tuesday with 77 tons of munitions bound for Zimbabwe, where an election crisis has reportedly turned violent. The An Yue Jiang was carrying about 3 million rounds of Chinese ammunition, 1,500 rockets and 3,000 mortar shells. The State Department's top Africa envoy, who is to arrive in the region today, will urge... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times / Chicago Tribune

26937

United States,Zimbabwe,Mozambique,Namibia,Angola,South Africa,China

22 April 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is intervening with governments in southern Africa to prevent a Chinese ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe's security forces from unloading its cargo, The Associated Press has learned. At the same time, the State Department's top Africa hand, Jendayi Frazer, plans to visit the region this week to underscore U.S. concerns about the shipment. Frazer also will try to persuade Zimbabwe's neighbors to step up pressure on President... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26927

Namibia,Zimbabwe,Angola,China

22 April 2008

Namibian (Windhoek)

A Chinese ship carrying six containers of ammunition for Zimbabwe has applied to take on fuel at Walvis Bay this morning. The An Yue Jiang is carrying three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 1 500 rocket-propelled grenades and more than 3 000 mortar rounds and mortar tubes. Attempts to get comment from Government yesterday were unsuccessful. Messages were left for Minister of Information, Joel Kaapanda, but he had not returned them by the time of going to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

26918

East Africa,Kenya,Uganda,Tanzania,Rwanda,Burundi,Somalia,Sudan,Seychelles,Eritrea,Djibouti,Ethiopia,Congo (DRC)

21 April 2008

East African (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — All firearms in the Great Lakes Region, East Africa and the Horn of Africa will soon be marked with country codes, force code and serial numbers in the fight against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. A workshop organised by the Regional Centre on Small Arms and held recently on Kenya's South Coast was told that 12 manual arms-marking machines have already been purchased through funding from the US government and will be distributed to each... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

28206

Zimbabwe,South Africa,Angola,China

20 April 2008

Scotland on Sunday

Dockyard workers in Africa are refusing to unload a Chinese ship laden with weapons for Zimbabwe. The whereabouts of the vessel, the An Yue Jiang, were not known last night, although it was believed to be heading to Angola. Sources say the ship is carrying three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition along with 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades and several thousand mortar rounds. Dock workers in the region are expected to refuse to have any dealings with the deadly cargo,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scotland on Sunday

26898

West Africa,Central Africa

16 April 2008

UN News Centre (New York), Media release

A two-day United Nations conference seeking to help West and Central African nations bolster their abilities to identify and trace illicit small arms and light weapons kicks off tomorrow in Lomé, Togo. Held by the Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa — part of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs — the gathering will assist countries' efforts to implement the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UN News Centre (New York)

26891

Angola

14 April 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUBANGO — Six hundred and 68 firearms were handed over voluntarily by citizens, last March, to the command of the National Police in central Huíla province, in light of the process of disarming the civil population, underway in the country, ANGOP learnt from an official source. The assistant co-ordinator of the provincial sub-commission of disarmament, 1st superintendent Feliciano António explained at a press conference that 50 percent of the firearms were handed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

26860

Italy,Libya,Chad,Sudan,China

13 April 2008

Associated Press

PERUGIA, Italy — The Libyan officer tried to cloak the purpose of his call to the Italian arms dealer. "A friend," he said, wanted to buy 1 million "pieces" and 50 million items of "food." But when that phone call was placed in 2006, Italian police were listening. They knew the meaning. Libya was shopping for guns — lots of them. Authorities shadowed the negotiations between Libyan officials and a group of black-market dealers from across Italy for a year before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26820

Kenya,East Africa,Central Africa

7 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Twelve African countries Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to the marking of all state-owned small arms and light weapons by end of this year. The Regional Centre on Small Arms (Recsa) deputy executive secretary ambassador Tharcisse Midonzi said the 12 countries from the Great Lakes region, East Africa and Horn of Africa had also agreed to maintain data bases to ease the tracing of small arms and light weapons. Mr Midonzi made the remarks at Leopard Beach Hotel... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26727

Kenya,East Africa,Central Africa

2 April 2008

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Kenya became the first country in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa to mark its small arms and light weapons. During a symbolic ceremony that coincided with a regional workshop on small arms and light weapons marking and data management, equipment belonging to the Kenya Police was marked. An expert from South Africa, Mr Anthony Coetzee, marked a G-3 rifle and a Ceska pistol using a Marking Press Machine. Marking the firearms makes it easier to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

26678

Angola,Central Africa

6 March 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — The co-ordinator of UNDP's Small Arms Control Programme in Central America, Miguel Barreiro Laredo Thursday considered positive the International Workshop on the Disarmament of Citizens Illegally Owning Firearms, held from March 04 to 05 in Luanda. Speaking to ANGOP at Luanda's "04 de Fevereiro" International Airport, on his way to Spain, Miguel Laredo said that during the event an important political desire was showed by the Angolan government. To... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

6 March 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — Every country, after going through an armed conflict, must proceed with the collection of weapons and ammunitions that are illegally under the possession of its citizens, as a means of guaranteeing stability and security of the population, as well as a reduction in crimes. The conclusion came from the International Workshop on the Disarmament of Citizens Illegally Owning Firearms, promoted from Tuesday to Wednesday by the Home Affairs Ministry, at the Palace... (GunPolicy.org)

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26377

Angola

6 March 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — The programme of disarming of civilians in illegal possession of weapons will take four phases, which will help outline consistent plans for a successful operation. This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the Home minister, Roberto Leal Monteiro "Ngongo", while addressing the closing of the two-day workshop on disarming of civilians in unlawful possession of firearms. According to the minister, the first phase will consist in the organisation and awareness... (GunPolicy.org)

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26371

Angola

4 March 2008

Angola Press

LUANDA — An international workshop on the disarmament of citizens illegally owning firearms will be held from March 04 to 05, at the Palace of Congresses, in a promotion of the Angolan Home Affairs Ministry. The workshop will gather experts of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Nicaragua, USA and England, who will share experiences about the implementation of disarmament programmes in various countries. The meeting will happen under the theme "Disarmed... (GunPolicy.org)

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26299

Congo (ROC)

28 February 2008

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — Armed forces in the Republic of Congo have begun to collect and destroy all weapons abandoned on battlegrounds in the country's civil war that began in 1997, as well as munitions that had expired but were still in armouries. The move follows President Denis Sassou Nguesso's declaration that 2008 would be "a year without illegal weapons in Congo". "Our duty is to collect and destroy all the equipment abandoned on the ground after the events of 1997,... (GunPolicy.org)

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26239

Angola

26 February 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — The Resolution Draft on the disarming of citizens in illegal possession of guns will be debated this Tuesday, by the National Assembly, ANGOP has learnt. The plenary session will also analyse the government's request for authorisation to legislate on updating the Customs Tariffs. The lawmakers will also debate the management of the public television (TPA)'s Channel 2, whose alleged privatisation has caused a great controversy. Some press organs have... (GunPolicy.org)

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26257

Sudan,China,Chad,Austria

22 February 2008

Mother Jones (USA)

My first glimpse into the flow of small arms into Darfur began at 4:45 on a February morning in 2006. The lights were off in the first-class Sudan Airways lounge at Khartoum International Airport. Sitting to my left was Abdallah, resplendent in white robes, sporting spectacles and a sharply trimmed goatee. Back then, Abdallah's younger brother, Mahamat Nour, was the leader of an 8,000-man rebel force sworn to overthrow the government of Chad. The Sudanese government,... (GunPolicy.org)

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26202

Congo (DRC)

19 February 2008

UN News Service (New York)

The Group of Experts dealing with illegal arms flows into and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for the strengthening of the monitoring capacity of the United Nations Mission in the vast African nation. In recommendations in its report that was made public today, the five-member panel urged that the mission, known as MONUC, should be notified of "all incoming shipments of military supplies in a timely fashion." The report was written based... (GunPolicy.org)

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26192

Angola

30 January 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — Angolan Home minister, Roberto Leal Monteiro "Ngongo", said Wednesday in Luanda that his institution will intensify actions to disarm the civilian population. Speaking in an interview with the State-controlled "Rádio Nacional de Angola" broadcasting station, the official said the Interior Ministry has for that purpose defined three phases for the process. He mentioned sensitising and organisation (including a seminar), voluntary surrender of weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

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26000

Namibia,Angola,Southern Africa

26 November 2007

Namibian (Windhoek)

WINDHOEK — Three tonnes of illegal firearms and ammunition collected during a joint police operation in northern Namibia and south Angola were destroyed in the desert near Walvis Bay on Friday. According to the operation's co-ordinator, Oshana Regional Police Commander Ndahangapo Kashihakumwa, Operation Mandume was the first operation of its kind and magnitude in Namibia and involved the police of Namibia, Angola and South Africa. Operation Mandume started at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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25454

United States,Congo (DRC)

16 October 2007

Village Voice (New York)

The black Lincoln Town Car's tinted windows obscured the passengers as it left Chinatown one afternoon late in September. Inside were three diplomats from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their newly purchased cache of more than 30 military-style handguns. What better Gotham souvenir to bring home to the kids than a cocked and locked Colt .45? More likely, the men needed the weapons either to combat or to aid an alphabet soup of rival militias like the ADF,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Village Voice (New York)

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Burundi,Congo (DRC),United Nations

17 August 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

The events that happened exactly three years ago on that date will always haunt me. I was accustomed to starting the day with the morning radio bulletin — which rarely bore good tidings in Burundi where I was working at the time — but nothing prepared me for the bloody events that had occurred during the night. One hundred and fifty six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, mostly women and children, including a three-month-old baby, had been shot and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Angola,United States

9 July 2007

Angola Press Agency

LUANDA — More than 327 small arms and 281 tons of unexploded ordnance were destroyed in Angola over the last 12 months, Angop learned Monday in Luanda. The information was supplied by the trade attache of the US embassy to Angola, Francisco Fernandez. The diplomat was addressing the opening of the ceremony of symbolic destruction of the millionth arm, as part of a programme of US assistance that has so far led to the scrapping of a million arms across the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola,United States,Africa

9 July 2007

Angola Press Agency

LUANDA — Angola's main ceremony to commemorate the International Guns Destruction Day, marked on 09 July, will be held this Monday in the premises of the United States Embassy in Luanda. The event will commemorate the destruction of a millionth weapons under the North American assistance programme, through which one million arms have already been destroyed worldwide. The symbolic ceremony will take place in six countries where the USA has an active programme of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC),United States,United Nations,Africa

9 July 2007

Le Potentiel (Kinshasa)

[Translated summary: The US State Department celebrates UN-led, American-funded small arms destruction programmes which have destroyed almost a million weapons around the world]. KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Pour commémorer les programmes d'aide américains qui ont permis la destruction cumulative de près d'un million d'armes à travers le monde, les Etats-Unis et six autres pays observeront la journée internationale pour la destruction des armes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Potentiel (Kinshasa)

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Angola,United States,Africa

8 July 2007

Angola Press

[Translated summary: US Embassy in Angola celebrates the one millionth small arm destroyed under a US-funded global United Nations weapon destruction programme]. LUANDA — Une cérémonie dédiée à la journée du 09 juillet, proclamée comme Journée de la destruction des armes légères et petit calibre se réalisera lundi, à Luanda, aux installations de l'Ambassade des Etats-Unis en Angola. L'acte vise à commémorer cette Journée à l'abri du programme... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (ROC)

2 April 2007

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — Large numbers of illegally-held small arms remain in circulation in the Republic of Congo posing a security risk to the central African country which has been plagued by conflicts in the recent past, officials said at a meeting convened to discuss the problem. "Illegally-held arms remain one of the country's main problems," said defence minister Gen. Jacques Yvon Ndolou, at the meeting organised last week by the United Nations Development Programme... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Niger,Nigeria,Chad

7 March 2007

IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

ABIDJAN — Five years after the end of rebel wars in Niger, the presence of small arms in that country and over the border In Nigeria and Chad, continues to threaten the welfare of millions of people. Freeing a former conflict zone of such weapons is the aim of a pilot project under way in southeastern Niger. However, to ensure long-term success, similar initiatives with a more regional focus may be needed. The destruction of 103 small arms handed in by people in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

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East Africa,Central Africa

3 March 2007

Reporter (Addis Ababa)

ADDIS ABABA — The control of international transfers of small arms and light weapons is at the centre of the global agenda for combating the proliferation of such arms. The nature of small arms and light weapons, their characteristics as well as the sheer number or global stock, and the range of actors that undertake commercial activities with them, makes it particularly difficult to control the movement of the arms not only within states but also between them.... (GunPolicy.org)

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East Africa,Central Africa

3 March 2007

Reporter (Addis Ababa)

ADDIS ABABA — Parliamentarians from member states signatory to the Nairobi Protocol, National Focal Point (NFP) coordinators, the East African community secretariat and related partners, attended the second regional parliamentary forum on "The implementation of the Nairobi protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa." The forum was organized by the Regional Centre on Small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reporter (Addis Ababa)

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Congo (ROC)

28 February 2007

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement whereby Tokyo will provide a US$2 million grant to help the Republic of Congo's gun retrieval agency carry out its mandate. Some of the money will also support efforts to reintegrate former militiamen into society. "PCAD [the Project for the Collection of Weapons, known by its French acronym], which lies within the scope of the disarmament,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

22878

Congo (ROC)

23 November 2006

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — A gun-retrieval effort launched in November 2005 in the Republic of Congo has been suspended because the agency involved has run into transport difficulties, an official of the government body said. Daniel Gassiélé said on Wednesday the state-owned railway company had been unable to buy equipment for the smooth running of its trains. Heavy rains have also been battering the country, severely disrupting rail traffic. This has made it difficult for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

22192

Chad

14 November 2006

Reuters

N'DJAMENA — Chad imposed a crackdown on illegal firearms on Tuesday as a state of emergency took effect to curb ethnic violence that has killed hundreds of people and fuelled calls to send international peacekeepers to the region. Chad's government imposed a state of emergency from midnight on Monday across large swathes of the central African country, including eastern zones where attacks on villages by armed raiders on horseback this month have killed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC),Russia

4 November 2006

Moscow News

Russian businessman Viktor Bout denied Wednesday a U.S. accusation that he was involved in weapons deliveries to the Democratic Republic of Congo, RIA Novosti reported. On Tuesday, U.S President George Bush issued an executive order blocking the assets of seven individuals, including general Laurent Nkunda and Russian businessman Viktor Bout, Reuters reported. The said individuals are being accused of impeding disarmament activities, violating international laws on... (GunPolicy.org)

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22085

Congo (DRC),United Nations

16 October 2006

Sunday Times (South Africa) / AFP

LONDON — Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are fighting with bullets and small arms from South Africa, the USA, Greece, China, Russia and Serbia despite a UN and other embargos, a report said on Monday. The Control Arms Campaign report did not suggest that firms in these countries were violating a UN arms embargo imposed in 2003, but suggested the equipment was being diverted to the DRC from third countries. Its research, it said, exposes the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC),United States,United Nations

5 September 2006

New York Times, Opinion

Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains in the grip of civil war. The reason is clear. A flood of small arms and light weapons undermines the 17,000 United Nations troops' mandate to protect civilians. In this country where war has raged since 1998, the results of the uncontrolled small arms trade have been brutish, but they have not been unique. Similar devastation from small arms occurs worldwide.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC)

31 August 2006

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — Civil-war veteran Olivier Ngouebo, 39, has had enough of war after the bitter experiences of fighting in his home region of Niari between 1998 and 1999 and again in 2002. "It is time for me to take care of myself and my children," he said recently in Dolisie, capital of Niari Department, about 370 km southwest of the Republic of Congo's capital, Brazzaville. Rather than walk the streets aimlessly or resort to criminality, he seized an opportunity to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC)

14 July 2006

BBC News

A scheme under which gunmen in the Democratic Republic of Congo are given bicycles in exchange for their weapons is being extended due to its success. Ngoy Mulunda, a pastor in the south-eastern Katanga region, says he has been given some 6,500 weapons in the past year, which he has destroyed. The programme is now being extended to the neighbouring South Kivu province. A BBC correspondent says it has proved more successful than the UN disarmament exercise,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

8 May 2006

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

LUANDA — Member of Angolan Parliament Ventura de Azevedo on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya said that the National Assembly supports the efforts of the International Community towards the prevention and elimination of the illegal trading of light and small weapons. Mr de Azevedo was speaking during the discussion in the Peace and Security Commission of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), under the theme "The role of Parliaments in the reinforcement of the fight against the... (GunPolicy.org)

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20332

Kenya,East Africa,Central Africa

8 May 2006

East African (Nairobi)

Q: What will this centre do to curb proliferation of small arms in the region? A: As long as there are conflicts, there will always be demands for small arms. What we want is to co-ordinate the activities aimed at eradicating the proliferation of small arms. We want to sensitise institutions such as police agencies, the African Union, the United Nations and IGAD to create structures and programmes to deal with the problem of small arms. A: We are now working towards... (GunPolicy.org)

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20314

Kenya,Uganda,East Africa,Central Africa

5 May 2006

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Agreement on illegal arms crackdown in Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region set to come into force today as 12 countries join hands to promote peace and fight criminals The crackdown on illegal guns in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa is set to enter a critical phase today when the Nairobi protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of small arms and light weapons comes into force. The birth of the treaty is a dream come true for Kenya, which initiated... (GunPolicy.org)

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20293

Uganda,Congo (DRC)

4 April 2006

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

KAMPALA — A United Nations Security Council team established to monitor an arms embargo on the DR Congo has accused Uganda of refusing to honour its repeated requests for information on its arms deals. The requests include allowing the UN team access to the national arms factory at Nakasongola. The government, has however, said it has nothing to hide and is fully cooperating. The Group of Experts which was set up in 2004, a year after an arms embargo was slapped... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

20047

Angola,West Africa

14 March 2006

Xinhua

West Africa's economic bloc ECOWAS said Monday independent experts from Africa, Europe and the United States had endorsed a draft convention for the sub-region to check the menace of small arms and light weapons after a two-day meeting in Nigeria. The draft convention will replace the eight-year-old regional Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons, which was signed by regional leaders in October 1998, the 15-member... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

13 March 2006

IRIN (UN News)

LUANDA — Gunfire regularly reverberates these days around Angola's capital, Luanda, something that rarely happened during almost three decades of vicious civil war. Despite four years of peace, volleys of bullets are interrupting life in the capital and alarming its residents. As the prospect of the country's first peacetime elections draws nearer — either this year or in 2007 — so do the fears about the number of small arms held by Angolans. No-one knows for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

19869

Uganda,East Africa,Central Africa

6 February 2006

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

KAMPALA — Countries in the Great Lakes Region must make a concerted effort to join civil societies in fighting the proliferation of small arms in the area, members of the Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms said on Friday. They said small firearms pose a major threat to public safety by encouraging crime and fuelling violence. "Small arms and light weapons like assault rifles are in hands of many wrong elements because they are cheap to procure and easy to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

19499

Angola

3 February 2006

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

NAMIBE — The residents of Bibala municipality, 160 kilometres north off Namibe city, handed over voluntarily to the administrative authorities of the locality from October 2005 to January this year, about 456 guns as part of the population disarmament process. Bibala municipality administrator, João Ernesto dos Santos, revealed the fact to ANGOP, saying that the disarmament process is taking place smoothly, because the population believe in peace. "It is not... (GunPolicy.org)

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19498

United Nations,Sierra Leone,Haiti,Congo (DRC)

8 January 2006

Agence France Presse

NEW YORK — Existing small arms trade controls have failed to protect innocent civilians and must be drastically tightened, according to three surveys on the human cost of arms transfers to Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone. The reports were issued by the Control Arms Campaign as the United Nations was set to kick off its first major review of small arms controls in five years. The Campaign, which brings together Amnesty International,... (GunPolicy.org)

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19237

Congo (ROC)

4 January 2006

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — The World Bank and the Republic of Congo (ROC) have signed an agreement for a US $17-million grant to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate 30,000 former combatants in the country. The agreement, signed on Tuesday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, falls $8 million short of the $25 million request the ROC made to the bank in February 2005, under the framework of the Multi-country Programme for Demobilisation and Reintegration. The World Bank... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

19221

Congo (DRC),Rwanda,Burundi

13 November 2005

New Times (Kigali)

Members of Parliament from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo met November 2-4 in the DRC and discussed the establishment of laws to curb the illegal trafficking and use of small arms in the region. Presenting a report to the Lower Chamber of Parliament, the head of the Rwandan delegation that attended the meeting Deputy Sam Kanyemera Kaka, enumerated the reasons that had led to a delay in drafting the law. "Some countries had not ratified the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Kigali)

18785

Congo (DRC),United Nations,Uganda

9 November 2005

IRIN (UN News)

ENTEBBE, Uganda — A UN Security Council mission arrived in Uganda on Wednesday and told reporters that the UN would increase pressure on illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "Sanctions will be imposed against armed groups that refuse to disarm," said the head of the mission, Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, who is also the French ambassador to the UN. The mission began a 10-day tour of the Great Lakes region on Saturday with stops in the DRC,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

18750

Africa,Angola,Botswana,Congo (DRC),Lesotho,Malawi,Mozambique,Namibia,South Africa,Swaziland,Tanzania,Zambia,Zimbabwe

30 September 2005

Independent (South Africa)

Twenty-six police members of Southern African Development Community member countries have completed special training in the cross-border control of illegal firearms and ammunition. The group received their certificates of competence on Friday after completing a month-long course, the SA Police Service said in a statement. The training was aimed at equipping police members to take part in exercises to combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of firearms and... (GunPolicy.org)

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18309

Rwanda,Uganda,Congo (DRC)

28 July 2005

IRIN (UN News)

KAMPALA-KIGALI — Uganda and Rwanda have denied statements contained in a report issued on Wednesday by the UN Security Council that the two countries had delayed to give information to officials monitoring arms sanctions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "We have not delayed anything," Uganda's foreign minister, Sam Kuteesa told IRIN on Thursday. "What we have done is to give them information whenever they ask for it." The main concern of the report by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

17826

Central African Republic

8 July 2005

IRIN (UN News)

BANGUI — Ex-combatants began voluntarily handing over their weapons to UN and government officials on Friday in the Central African Republic's northwestern district of Nana-Grébizi. The measure is part of a nationwide effort begun on 18 June to disarm and reintegrate thousands of ex-combatant into civilian life. "If there's a gap between the disarmament and the start of reintegration, the ex-combatants will loose confidence and violence might return," Jonas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

17661

Congo (DRC)

5 July 2005

Reuters

KINSHASA — Weapons and ammunition shipped by a web of international arms traffickers are fuelling killings and torture by militia groups in eastern Congo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Amnesty said brokers and transporters from countries including the United States, Britain, Israel and Russia were involved in supplying arms to governments around Africa's Great Lakes region, who were then passing them on to the militias. The shipments had continued despite a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

17623

Congo (DRC)

9 June 2005

BBC News

The population of Bunia, the main town in Ituri district in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been through hell. Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in recent years, but at least some of the guns are now being put down. United Nations peacekeepers from countries as diverse as Bangladesh and Morocco patrol this busy trading centre close to the Ugandan border and there is also a small presence of the Congolese national army. With... (GunPolicy.org)

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