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Experts Worried about Re-Export of Weapons from 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... (

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For Africa, Ammunition Control Deserves Global Gun Trade Treaty Focus

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... (

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Angolan Citizens Charged for Illegal Possession of Firearms [FR]

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... (

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Angola Police Recover More Than 100 Firearms in Luanda [FR]

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... (

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Firearms Seizure in the Province of Bengo, Angola [FR]

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... (

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Amnesty Recovers More Than 100 Unlawfully Held Guns in 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... (

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Disarmament of Guns in Civilians' Possession Intensified in 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... (

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Shadowy 'Merchants of Death' Behind Africa's Illegal Gun-Running

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... (

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A Recent Amnesty in Angola Allows to Collect 90,000 Firearms [ES]

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... (

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Brazil Arms Exports: Country Preaches Peace, Sells Tons of Arms

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... (

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High Gun Death Risk for Young African Men, Women at Home - UN Study

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... (

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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

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... (

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Stopping the Trade in Death, Gun Trafficking, Smuggling - Opinion

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... (

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Regional Efforts to Combat Illicit Arms in Central Africa: Kinshasa Convention - UN

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... (

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Over 2,000 Firearms Seized by Angola National Police since June 2011

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... (

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Since 2008, 4,029 Firearms Collected in Bengo, Angola [Fr]

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... (

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Govt Denies Deadly Gunfight Targeted Congo DRC Army Weapons Depot

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... (

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Angola's 'Coercive' Disarmament Drive Destroys 9,450 Weapons [Fr]

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... (

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Voluntary Surrender of Firearms in Angola [Fr]

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... (

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Disarmament Campaign Collects 123 Illegal Firearms in Luanda, 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... (

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