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Small Arms: The Worldwide Scourge
8 September 2013
Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)
Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)
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Alleged FARC Scheme Swapped Cocaine for West African Arms
12 April 2013
InSight Crime (Bogota)
An international police operation has dismantled a network in which Colombian rebel group the FARC allegedly attempted to exchange cocaine for weapons from the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.
The investigation, involving US, Colombian, Portuguese, and Guinea-Bissau authorities, lasted over a year, reported EFE. Colombian police arrested two men in Bogota who are accused of serving as as the FARC's intermediaries for the West Africa-based weapons suppliers.
Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)
West African NGO Launches Action Against Armed Violence in Senegal
12 May 2010
Afrique en ligne
DAKAR, Senegal - The Movement against Light Weapons in West Africa (MALA0), in partnership with civil society organizations, among them Présence chrétienne and SOS Equilibre, on Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, launched a week-long action against armed violence.
The 10-16 May initiative, launched for the first time in 2001, aims at stopping the proliferation and the excessive use of small arms in the world.
The initiative will also sensitize and campaign for... (GunPolicy.org)
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West African States, Guinea-Bissau Work to Curb Gun Trafficking, Misuse
22 May 2009
IRIN (UN News)
BISSAU — The government of Guinea-Bissau must work on several fronts to cut the number of light weapons in the country — estimated at some 650,000. Regional instability, crime and weak governance toughen the battle, observers say.
Widespread possession of weapons among civilians is fallout from years of war, according to Antonio Mazzittelli, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in West Africa. "The availability of light weapons is left over from the... (GunPolicy.org)
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Guinea-Bissau Officials Publicly Burn Hundreds of Illegal Guns [Fr]
14 June 2007
Guineeconakry / AGP
[Translated summary: In Guinea-Bissau, the prefecture of Koumbia publicly incinerated 354 guns and light weapons].
Conakry — Dans la sous préfecture de Koumbia à Gaoual, les autorités civiles et militaires ont procédé samedi 9 juin dernier, à l'incinération de quelques 354 armes légères. Selon les observateurs, ces armes, circulaient dans les différentes frontières entre la Guinée , le Sénégal, la Gambie et la Guinée Bissao , il y a 60 ans ! …
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Guinea-Bissau's Army to Continue Seizing Illegal Weapons
16 January 2007
People's Daily (China) / Xinhua
Guinea-Bissau's army will undertake a major operation to continue seizing small arms illegally held by the public across the whole country, said reports over the weekend.
"What happened on the outskirts of Bissau on Friday night is only the beginning. I can assure you that the operation to seize illegal arms will continue across the whole nation," said armed forces chief of general staff Baptista Tagme Na Waie on Sunday
Waie said the measure is aimed to fight crime... (GunPolicy.org)
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Police Seize Arms, Arrest 500 Persons in Guinea-Bissau
28 January 2006
Angola Press (Luanda)
Bissau — Security forces in Guinea Bissau on Tuesday night arrested over 500 persons and seized several arms in the southeastern city of Gabu, the secretary of state for public order, Baciro Dabo confirmed here Thursday.
Dabo said the weapons, including Kalachnikov guns and Makarov rifles, were seized in a systematic search operation of all houses in Gabu, the country's third largest city, aimed at reducing crime which is assuming alarming proportions countrywide.... (GunPolicy.org)
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Small Arms Awareness Campaign to be Launched
16 January 2004
Agence France Presse
BISSAU — Guinea-Bissau will launch an awareness campaign next week to alert people to the dangers of small arms, of which an estimated 25 000 are in circulation in the impoverished west African country, police said on Friday.
Last year was "characterised by a very high crime rate in the capital, Bissau, where 1 128 crimes were recorded," said police chief Alexandre Forbs.
"Most of the crimes reported to the police were committed using handguns and resulted from... (GunPolicy.org)
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