Questions Asked Over Germany's Arms Exports
16 December 2013
For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy.
This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Deutsche Welle
South African Soldiers Arrested for Selling Stolen Ammo
28 June 2013
Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)
JOHANNESBURG - More than 200,000 rounds of ammunition have allegedly been stolen from the military and sold off to a gun shop - which exported the ammunition to a country in conflict.
Two soldiers and a civilian have been arrested and have appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on charges of theft of ammunition and fraud.
The Star has reliably learnt that more warrants of arrest have been issued, with more arrests imminent.
Sergeant Peter Motaung, 49, a storeman... (GunPolicy.org)
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South Caucasian Republics Purchased 107,324 Small Arms in 2005-2010
4 January 2012
The South Caucasian republics purchased 107 324 small arms from various countries of the world in 2005-2010.
APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms that Georgia takes the first place among the South Caucasian republics on purchase of small arms during this period.
Georgia bought 76 377 small arms from 7 countries. The submachine guns, short rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, pistol-machineguns, heavy machineguns, grenade launchers as well as the... (GunPolicy.org)
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South Ossetia Tries to Disarm Its Citizens with Amnesty, Buyback
15 August 2009
New York Times
TSKHINVALI, Georgia — For years, there was not much difference between a civilian and a soldier in South Ossetia, which was embroiled in a long struggle to separate from Georgia.
David G. Sanakoyev, for example, wore a tie during the day. As South Ossetia's ombudsman for human rights, he handled complaints about prison conditions or unlawful firings. Three times a week, after work, he changed into camouflage and took up a position at the territory's border, rotating... (GunPolicy.org)
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Georgians Illegally Armed with German Assault Rifles, Says TV Report
17 August 2008
Georgian elite forces fighting Russia in the breakaway region of South Ossetia were illegally armed with German assault rifles in a blatant violation of Germany's arms export laws, according to a TV report.
The report by German public broadcaster ARD, which was to be aired late on Sunday, claims that Georgian elite forces in the rebel province of South Ossetia were supplied with German weapons manufactured by arms company Heckler & Koch based in the south-western... (GunPolicy.org)
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Former Soviet States Plan Database of Gun Runners, Illicit Arms Dealers
11 April 2008
BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax, Transcript
A joint CIS database of transnational criminal groups involved in illegal arms trafficking will be created, the press service of the Minsk-based CIS Executive Committee has told Interfax.
"This is stipulated by a draft agreement on cooperation in combating the illegal manufacturing and sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices, which has been discussed by the committee's expert group," the press service said.
Chief of the committee's anti-crime... (GunPolicy.org)
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Pro-American Georgia Ditches Kalashnikov AK-47 for US M4 Assault Rifle
19 January 2008
Agence France Presse
TBILISI — Ex-Soviet Georgia's army began yesterday to switch from the Russian-designed Kalashnikov to the modern US M4 rifle, pro-Western president-elect Mikheil Saakashvili announced.
"Today is a historic day for the Georgian armed forces: we start to switch to Western armament. From today, we will use the best weapon in the world-the M4 assault rifle," Saakashvili told troops at a new military base at Gori, in the north of the strategic former Soviet republic.... (GunPolicy.org)
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Conference Looks at Staunching the Flow of Small Arms Into Georgia
12 June 2006
Parliamentarians from all over the world met in Tbilisi last week to discuss issues of illegal arms trafficking in the CIS and how to develop measures that will reduce this destructive phenomenon.
The two-day seminar entitled "Parliamentary Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) in the Commonwealth of Independent States Region" which was held at the Georgian Parliament on June 9-10 hosted visiting parliamentarians primarily from European, Latin American and... (GunPolicy.org)
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Tbilisi, Georgia to Host UN Conference on Illicit Arms Trade
6 June 2006
Civil Georgia (Tbilisi)
Parliamentarians from around the world, as well as officials from the UN and European Commission will gather in Tbilisi on June 9-10 to discuss challenges within the CIS in implementing the 2001 UN Program Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.
The Parliamentary Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) in the CIS Region will be held with the support of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)
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Sham Disarmament, Say Georgian Officials
21 July 2004
Russia is shipping useless ammunition and arms from different military bases to the Tskhinvali region in a ploy to challenge Georgia, officials in Tbilisi claim.
Deputy Minister of State Security Gigi Ugulava stated at a briefing on Tuesday that Russia is sending mainly useless firearms and other military equipment. They will be first delivered to the Tskhinvali population and then withdrawn from them by the de facto government. This, Ugulava stated, is being done to... (GunPolicy.org)
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Five Killed at Georgian Opposition Funeral
5 April 1998
TBILISI — Five mourners were killed and eight wounded in former Soviet Georgia on Sunday when gunmen opened fire on a funeral procession for an opposition figure who took several United Nations personnel hostage a month ago.
A Georgian police spokesman told Reuters in the capital Tbilisi they had no indication of the identity of the attackers, who strafed the procession at Zugdidi in western Georgia with automatic weapons and also threw a hand grenade.
It was not... (GunPolicy.org)
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4 Killed, 7 Wounded in Shooting in Western Georgia
5 April 1998
TBILISI — Four people were killed and seven wounded in Zugdidi, western Georgia, on Sunday when an unidentified man opened sub-machine gun fire at a funeral procession. It was the burial of Gocha Esebua, the 29-years-old head of a terrorist group that took hostage U.N. officers in February 1998.
According to information of the Zugdidi police, the procession came under fire several hundreds of meters away from the cemetery.
Esebua was killed on March 31 in a fire... (GunPolicy.org)
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