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Kenya,United Nations

One Gun for Every 10 People, Enough Bullets to Kill Us All Twice

26 June 2006

East African (Nairobi)

A thousand people die every day because of guns, and many more are seriously injured, according to a new report released two weeks ago. "The global proliferation of small arms and light weapons represents an epidemic that should be addressed as urgently as avian flu," says a report by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). "If the death, injury and disability resulting from small arms were categorised as a disease, then this would be viewed as an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

It's Time for Global Control of Small Arms

26 June 2006

International Herald Tribune, Opinion

Informed by the harrowing lessons of World War II, the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. Exactly 61 years later, the UN review conference on small arms will open on Monday in New York. This will be the first major conference on the UN program of action on the global menace of small and light weapons of combat. In recent years, discussions on terror and safety have tended to concentrate on weapons of mass destruction. And yet there are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

British Bishops Seek UN Small Arms Curbs to Halt Spread of AK-47s

26 June 2006

Guardian (UK)

Some 20 bishops in the Guardian today call on the government to puts its weight behind UN moves to control the burgeoning trade in small arms. "Up to 1,000 people are killed every day by armed violence. However, there are currently tighter regulations on sales of stamps and dinosaur bones than there are on the sale of weapons," they say in a letter to the newspaper. Their appeal comes as Amnesty International, Oxfam, and International Action Network on Small Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

UN Treaty Sought on Small Arms Trade, AK-47s, Gun Running

26 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Anti-gun activists alarmed by a booming global trade in Kalashnikov assault rifles urged the United Nations on Monday to negotiate a new treaty regulating international transfers of such conventional arms. The Kalashnikov has become the world's most universal military weapon, with an estimated 70 million in use in countries ranging from Afghanistan, Britain, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq to Mexico, Sierra Leone, the United States,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United Nations

Ottawa Accused of Mixed Signals on Illegal Gun Trade at UN Conference

26 June 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

In Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers are under daily attack from illegally traded weapons. In Ontario, two suspects in an alleged terror plot are also convicted gun smugglers. In Toronto, more than 50 people were killed in shootings last year and gun battles have raged in the heart of the city. As a United Nations forum on halting the illicit global arms trade gets underway today, no country is unaffected by gun violence, which kills 1,000 people a day worldwide and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

Advocates Press UN to Ensure Guns Not Used to Trample Human Rights

26 June 2006

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Bearing a message from the Russian who invented the world's most common assault rifle, activists will press governments at a U.N. conference on small arms to ensure such weapons are not used to trample human rights. The groups and some officials attending the conference that begins Monday advocate a fundamentally new approach for trade in the light arms that are said to kill 1,000 people a day: Governments must take responsibility for all weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

UK Leads Bid to Curb Spread of Small Arms

26 June 2006

Financial Times (UK)

UNITED NATIONS — Europe, Latin America, several African countries and non-governmental pressure groups will press for new global guidelines to control the transfer of small arms at a two-week UN conference starting in New York today. The UK is spearheading the move, which would include a commitment to keep light weapons from reaching any group that might use them to commit human rights atrocities. The UN says the proliferation of small arms poses a devastating... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand,United Nations

New Zealand 'Strongly Supports' Arms Trade Treaty, UN Process

26 June 2006

New Zealand Herald

Aucklander Phil Alpers will lead a New Zealand delegation in New York this week to "strongly support" an arms trade treaty being discussed at a United Nations conference. When the conference opens today Mr Alpers — a foundation member of a 700-strong network called the International Action Network for Small Arms — will help present a petition to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Called the Million Faces petition, it consists of 1 million photos of people around... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

AK-47 'Favourite Killing Machine' Around the Globe, Says Control Arms

25 June 2006

Agence France Presse

LONDON — The most widely used weapon in conflict zones around the world in the next 20 years will be the Kalashnikov assault rifle because its trade is so poorly regulated, arms control campaigners said Monday. The claim, made by Oxfam International, Amnesty International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), is contained in a report issued as a UN conference on small arms and light weaponry opens on Monday. The groups, whose report is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

Republican Congressman Tries in Vain to Dispel UN Gun Theft Fantasies

25 June 2006

Times Record (Texas)

No — for the bazillionth time — the United Nations is not going to take away everyone's guns on July 4. That's the kind of emphasis U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, has to conjure every so often to dispel yet another rumor that the right to bear arms is under attack by the international agency. "The past several years, I have heard concerns about some effort to go around Congress and use something like a U.N. treaty to have some restriction that cannot be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

UN Hosts Worldwide Assault on Gun Owners

25 June 2006

Standard-Times (Massachusetts), Column

The global gun control talks get underway in New York City tomorrow when the United Nations opens a two-week conference where world leaders intend to curb the international arms trade through a binding arms trade treaty. On the surface, it appears to be a treaty among nations to reduce the illegal trafficking of small military arms and light weapons in order to curb civil strife in some countries by establishing general guidelines for the manufacture and import and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,East Africa,United Nations

Kenya Leads the Way in Tackling the Big Menace of Guns

24 June 2006

Saturday Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

In July, 2001, Kenya was among UN member states that gathered in New York for the first time to tackle the proliferation of small arms and seek a lasting solution. The result was an agreement known as the UN Programme of Action (UNPoA), which the states committed themselves to implementing immediately. The Government had the previous year hosted countries in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region and produced the Nairobi Declaration, which outlines the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,East Africa,United Nations

East Africa in Spotlight as UN Gun Trade Talks Open in New York

24 June 2006

Saturday Nation (Nairobi)

As the UN review conference on small arms opens in New York on Monday, the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa will be in the spotlight in view of the thousands of guns still in wrong hands. But the region, through the Regional Centre on Small Arms, will be eager to demonstrate its efforts in sealing the loopholes through which the arms get into the countries illegally and to recover them. Kenya in particular will be in special focus when Mr Julius Arile... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

In Money Raising Ploy, US Gun Lobby Stonewalls UN's Illegal Arms Curb

24 June 2006

Sydney Morning Herald

NEW YORK — Prasad Kariyawasam seems like an unlikely person to receive 5000 letters a day. Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United Nations is a softly spoken diplomat, more likely to avoid controversy than provoke it. But in the past few weeks, his office has been overwhelmed with at least 100,000 letters, mostly from supporters of America's National Rifle Association, who believe that he is trying to take away their guns. How could the Sri Lankan UN ambassador pose a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

US Sees 'No Need' for New UN Treaties or Agreements on Gun Trade

23 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said on Friday it saw no need for new international agreements at a U.N. conference opening next week to weigh a tightening of a five-year-old crackdown on illegal trafficking in small arms. "The purpose of this conference is simply to follow up on activities authorized by the 2001 conference, and we don't see any need for treaties or agreements coming out of this," said John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

Secy of Defence Reiterates UK Support for UN Global Arms Trade Treaty

23 June 2006

UK Ministry Of Defence, Media release

On the eve of the UN Small Arms Review Conference, Des Browne, Secretary of State for Defence has renewed calls for an International Arms Trade Treaty. Today Mr Browne will receive a petition from Oxfam, Amnesty International and IANSA in support of the Government's stance on the Arms Trade Treaty. Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne, said: "We have been working closely with Oxfam, Amnesty International, IANSA and the UK defence industry in support of an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

US Gun Lobby Enraged by United Nations Bid to Halt the Spread of Guns

23 June 2006

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association, one of America's most vociferous and effective lobby groups, is up in arms, as it were, over a UN initiative to curb the spread of small arms. Next week, government officials and NGOs will meet in New York for a follow-up conference to a programme of action adopted in 2001. That programme set out a broad set of recommendations to reduce trafficking, proliferation and misuse of guns. According to the International Action Network on Small... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,United Nations

India Should Take Lead in Controlling Small Arms: Oxfam

23 June 2006

OneWorld South Asia, Web Page

NEW DELHI — International organisations expect India to play a lead role in the global control of small arms because the country has been a major victim of the illegal trade in foreign-made sophisticated arms. In a press conference on Friday, Oxfam — which has been spearheading a global campaign to control trade in small arms along with Amnesty International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) — said India has nearly 40 million small... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United Nations

Keep My Guns Under Lock and Key: AK-47 Inventor Promotes UN Treaty

23 June 2006

Reuters

Izhevsk, Russia — Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who gave his name to the world's most widely used assault rifle, wants action to stop fake versions of his weapon landing in the hands of child soldiers and militants. "There should be civilised laws preventing weapons from circulating freely around the world," Kalashnikov said on Friday. "Weapons should only be in the hands of those who are defending their state — who defend that is, and do not attack," he said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

UN Weapons Conference Draws Fire, Increased Gun Lobby Turnout

23 June 2006

Washington Times

NEW YORK — American gun owners have deluged the United Nations with tens of thousands of letters protesting a forthcoming conference that they fear will infringe on their right to bear arms — and on the July 4th holiday to boot. Sri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, who will preside over the two-week Small Arms Review Conference beginning Monday, says the timing is a coincidence. He also insists that the delegates will talk only about the illegal possession,... (GunPolicy.org)

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