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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire Starts Small Arms Destruction, Still 3 Million Arms in Circulation

12 July 2012

Washington Post / AP

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — An official says authorities in Ivory Coast are starting to destroy hundreds of small arms collected since the end of the postelection violence that claimed some 3,000 lives. Spokeswoman Laetitia Dia Allou of the West African nation's commission against arms proliferation said the destruction of some 600 weapons started Thursday. She says a total of about 2,000 weapons were collected from former militants and civilians since October 2011. It... (

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Ghana,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia,Mali

Locally Made Guns Constitute 80% of Guns Found at Crime Scenes in Ghana

30 June 2012

Peace FM Online (Ghana)

Locally manufactured small arms and ballistic weapons constitute more than 80 percent of weapons found at all crime scenes in Ghana, police sources have disclosed. Security agencies are partly crippled in their capacity to put these local producers under effective checks because there are currently no specific working regulations guarding gun production in the country. DAILY GUIDE investigations indicate there are about one million illicit small arms (short guns,... (

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

Towards the Support of Congo in the Fight against Small Arms [FR]

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... (

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Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Government to Mark All of Its Weapons [FR]

4 May 2012 (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated Summary: Things are going to change in Côte d'Ivoire regarding the conditions for owning small firearms. To this effect, the Ivorian state has decided to proceed with marking all of its weapons.] Des choses vont changer au niveau des conditions pour la détention d'armes de petits calibres en Côte d'Ivoire. Pour ce faire, l'Etat ivoirien a décidé de procéder au marquage de toutes ses armes. « Le marquage se fera dans un premier temps sur les armes... (

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Liberia,Sierra Leone,Côte d'Ivoire,Ghana

Of 230,000 Guns Made in Ghana, 56% Are Unlicensed, in Unknown Hands

26 April 2012

Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana), Editorial

It is not at the alarm state yet. But, the disclosure that 56 percent of a total of 230,000 small arms manufactured in the country remains unlicensed, and in hands that could not be identified, pose a threat to the security of the state. It means that as many as 125,000 illicit guns are in the system without any means of tracking them. In addition, there are other light weapons which might have trickled down from conflict areas like Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and... (

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Senegal,Tunisia,Latvia,France,Romania,Mali,Guinea,Ghana,Europe,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Belarus

Belarus FM Denies Reports of Illegal Arms Transfers to Côte d'Ivoire

20 April 2012

Telegraf (Belarus)

Spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh denied reports of arms shipments to Côte d'Ivoire in violation of the UN sanctions. "It's not even an accusation; it's a clumsy attempt of individual journalists to muddy the waters, as the proverb says," he said. "The Belarusian side has been always cooperating openly with experts from the UN Security Council Committee on Côte d'Ivoire, whose reports these pseudo-journalists referred to. If they really... (

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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

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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Côte d'Ivoire

UN Satisfied with Pace of Amnesty - 1,300 Arms Collected in Côte d'Ivoire

19 March 2012

Defence Web (South Africa)

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire has said it is encouraged by the pace of its arms collection exercise that started in June last year, but noted that much remains to be done to take away weapons from civilians and those who may have participated in past conflicts. "To date 2,000 ex-combatants have voluntarily handed in 1,300 weapons and some 50,000 pieces of ammunition," Hamadoun Touré, spokesperson for the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire... (

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Côte d'Ivoire,Mali,Togo,West Africa,Ghana,Kenya

Ghana National Security Receives Firearm Marking Machines

7 March 2012

Ghana News Agency

The Regional Centre for Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) based in Kenya, on Wednesday presented two weapon marking machines to Ghana in efforts to eliminate the illicit trade and proliferation of small arms and weapons. The donation was made during a three-day training programme for security personnel on weapons marking and record-keeping in Accra and organised in collaboration with the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NACSA) and Ministry of the... (

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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

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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Côte d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire: UN Disarmament Operation Continues Near Abidjan

1 February 2012

UN News Service

A United Nations voluntary disarmament operation began today in a suburb north of the Ivorian city of Abidjan, aiming to collect illegal weapons still in circulation among the civilian population. The operation, conducted by the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and national authorities, is part of a wider national campaign which began in June and that targets various regions of the country, with last month's having been held in the town of Attécoubé. "This... (

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

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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Côte d'Ivoire

In Cote d'Ivoire, Firearms Are Everywhere and in the Hands of All [FR]

4 January 2012

West Africa Democracy Radio

[Translated summary: In almost every city of Cote d'Ivoire, youth, former militia members, or simple civilians possess firearms without a permit to carry firearms. Even though many amnesties were launched to tackle the traffic of illicit firearms, the problem persists.] Dans la quasi-totalité des villes de Côte d'Ivoire de nombreux jeunes, ex-miliciens, combattants rebelles des ex-Forces nouvelles (FAFN), ou de simples civils détiennent des armes à feu sans... (

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

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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Côte d'Ivoire

Amnesty in Daloa, Ivory Coast: 31 Small Arms Collected [FR]

14 October 2011

Abidjan Net (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated summary: The Ivory Coast Commission for the Fight Against the Proliferation and Illicit Circulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons has launched a disarmament campaign in Daloa. So far, 31 arms (including weapons of war, submachine guns, AK-47, and hand-made rifles) and 639 ammunition were collected.] La Commission nationale de lutte contre la prolifération et la circulation illicite des armes légères et de petits calibres en Côte d'Ivoire (ComNat-CI)... (

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Sierra Leone,West Africa,Liberia,Côte d'Ivoire

Amnesty for Firearms in Sierra Leone Is Not Only for Elections

19 September 2011

Awareness Times (Sierra Leone), Editorial

Sierra Leone has slowly crawled away from the 'Blood Diamond' stigma of yester years. The recent government announcement to grant amnesty to owners of firearms is indicative of the giant leap Sierra Leone has taken today to become a major player in world politics. The Awareness Times newspaper is unhesitatingly giving immense credit to the leadership genius of President Ernest Koroma and other internal and external stakeholders for their efforts to stabilise Mama... (

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Côte d'Ivoire

Amnesty in Côte D'ivoire, 2,500 Arms Should Be Surrendered [Fr]

11 August 2011 (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated summary: A big step forward in the process of disarmament and peace for Côte d'Ivoire. An amnesty organised by the ex-Front de Sécurité du Centre-Ouest (FSCO, Center-West Security Front) should take place next Saturday in Lakota. Some 2,500 weapons should be surrendered.] Ce samedi 13 août, la ville de Lakota marquera un grand coup dans le processus de désarmement et de pacification de la Côte d'Ivoire. Ainsi en ont décidé les responsables de l'ex... (

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Ghana,Côte d'Ivoire

Arms Commission Urges NGOs to Report Gun Smuggling into Ghana

20 July 2011

Modern Ghana / Ghana News Agency

Accra – The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms, on Wednesday asked all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations with information on smuggling of arms into the country to report to the security agencies. A statement signed by Lieutenant Colonel Seth Ohene-Asare, Chairman of the Commission, said it had noted a statement by the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP-Ghana) on arms from Cote d'Ivoire being smuggled into Ghana.... (

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Côte d'Ivoire,Ghana

Report on Ivory Coast Gun Smuggling is 'Alarmist', Says Ghana Minister

19 July 2011 (Ghana)

The Deputy Minister for Interior, Kobby Acheampong has described as alarmist a report by the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP) that there is growing influx of small arms and light weapons into the country from Cote D'Ivoire. According to him, the country has been on high alert since the political crisis broke out in Ivory Coast. "I think that it is an alarmist sentiment being raised. Since the Ivory Coast crisis broke out, government has taken all the... (

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Côte d'Ivoire,Ghana

Ivory Coast Small Arms Smuggled into Ghana

18 July 2011 (Ghana)

The West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP)- Ghana says its intelligence gathering reports indicate weapons that were used during the Cote d'Ivoire political crisis have been smuggled into Ghana. The organization says it fears that such weapons, which have been illegally acquired, could be used during the 2012 general elections to cause mayhem in Ghana. It is against this backdrop, that the West Africa Network for Peace building has appealed to the security... (

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