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New Gun Law in Cameroon Bans Homemade Firearms [FR]

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... (

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Anti-poaching Raids Seize 2,000 Guns in Cameroon [FR]

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... (

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Cameroon: More than 34,000 Small Arms in Circulation [FR]

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... (

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Questions Raised About Arms Seizures in 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... (

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Doubts Over Cameroonian Claims of Arms Cache Find in Nigeria

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.... (

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Cameroon Arrests Two Weapons Suppliers to Nigerian Terror Group

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... (

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

Arms Smuggling to Nigerian Criminals Threatens Cameroon

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,... (

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Cameroon,Central Africa

Cameroonians Demand Action on Central Africa Gun Treaty

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... (

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45 Weapons Seized in Anti-Poaching Operation in Cameroon [FR]

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... (

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Growing Spread of Homemade Firearms in Cameroon, Debate Revived

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,... (

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

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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Trafficking of Guns in Cameroon Prisons a Common Practice [Fr]

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... (

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

South Africa Takes Fire for Gun Sales to Conflict Areas, Blacklisted Nations

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... (

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Communities in Cameroon Urged to Join Global Gun Control Campaign

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,... (

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