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Armed Violence and Illegal Guns in East Africa - Recent Study

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

East African Community (EAC) member countries are meeting in Kigali for a validation workshop on the study by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) on the status of armed crimes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The report dubbed 'Analysis of Armed Crime Rates' released yesterday, in Kigali was conducted between 2010 and March 2016 with the support of African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the report, Rwanda registered 421 cases related to... (

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Kenya's Private Gun Ownership the Largest in East Africa

11 July 2016

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya has the largest number of guns in civilian hands in eastern Africa amid rising gun attacks while Rwanda has the least, a global survey shows. Data from Sidney-based, a website backed by the United Nations, puts the estimated number of guns possessed by Kenyan civilians at about 680,000, comprising licit and illicit firearms. Tanzania has 550,000 guns in private hands, Uganda (400,000), Ethiopia (320,000), Burundi (100,000) and 58,000 for... (

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Congo (DRC),North Korea,Rwanda,Burundi

North Korea Giving Guns to Congolese Police, Soldiers: UN

14 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training. The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said they found that pistols similar to those produced in North Korea were issued... (

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press


United States,Botswana,Algeria,Libya,South Africa,Kenya,Rwanda,Djibouti

7 African Nations More Effective at Gun Control than the US

11 January 2016

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

In a BBC interview last July, US President Barack Obama admitted that failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" in the US has been the greatest frustration of his presidency. Since he took office in 2008, there have been repeated mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson Arizona shooting in which Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of Congress and 18 others were shot in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died that day. Another shooting was at Emanuel African... (

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Thirteen Face Court Over Illegal Guns in Rwanda

4 May 2014

New Times (Rwanda)

Police in Musanze District have handed thirteen people over to the prosecution to face charges of illegal possession of firearms and plans to cause insecurity in the country. Superintendent Emmanuel Hitayezu, the Northern Province's Regional Police Spokesperson said the suspects (names withheld) were arrested separately early last month. He said that the police seized 8 submachine guns (SMG) which they handed to prosecution on Friday. The suspects, all males, include... (

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Rwanda Calls for Firearms Marking to Fight Trafficking

16 April 2013

New Times (Rwanda)

The Minister of Internal Security and Chairman of the Regional Centre on Small Arms, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, has called for firearms to be marked and recorded as means of fighting illicit arms trafficking. Harerimana made the remarks as he opened a two-day trans-regional seminar on arms making guidelines for the Economic Community of Central Africa States (Eccas) in Kigali. The meeting, according to the minister, is an opportunity to harmonise efforts and share... (

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West Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Uganda,Rwanda,Tanzania,Burundi

East Africa Civil Society Calls for Tougher Laws to Curb Illegal Gun Trade

27 January 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

The East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA) has called for tougher laws and increased vigilance among member states of the East African community (EAC) to curb illegal movement of small arms and light weapons. According to the executive secretary EAANSA, Richard Mugisha, considering that the dynamics and movement of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) transcend the political boarders that divide state parties within East Africa, there is need for increased... (

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Rwanda Police Call on Public to Join Voluntary Gun Amnesty

11 September 2012

News of Rwanda

The Police have in the past conducted various campaigns to get firearm weapons from the public, but the rate at which they are causing harm shows that they are still scattered around the country. Last week, September 5, a 12-year old boy died following a grenade explosion at their home in Nyarurama cell, Ntongwe sector, Ruhango District. The blast took place right in their store. According to ACP Sam Karemera, the National Focal Point Coordinator on small arms and... (

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Police Urge Media to Steer Fight Against Illegal Guns in Rwanda

8 August 2012

Rwanda National Police News, Media release

On 06 Aug 2012, the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the National Focal Point Coordination met the local media in a bid to assess its role in creating awareness towards fighting trafficking of illicit and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the country. Media as a form of communication which is accessible to nearly every Rwandan is being relied on to sensitize and advice the... (

Read More: Rwanda National Police News


East Africa,Rwanda

Rwanda: Call for Tougher Penalties in Case of Illegal Possession of Guns

5 June 2012

New Times (Rwanda)

The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) has called for a maximum punishment for any person convicted on illegal possession of fire arms. RECSA brings together countries in the Great Lakes, the Horn of African and bordering states. The suggestion was made, yesterday, by Dr. Francis K. Sang, the Executive Secretary of RECSA, in an interview with The New Times at the sidelines of a meeting that brought together law enforcement agencies from 15 countries in... (

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Rwanda Police Call Civilians to Hand in Illegal Firearms

31 May 2012

News of Rwanda

The Rwanda National Police has called upon the people to hand in illegal arms which they say that are the reason for the various blasts around the country. According to police, the liberation war and genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 left grenades, unexploded ordnances (UXO's) and other small arms on the surface of Rwanda. "These undetonated UXO's and recent series of grenade blasts across the country that have claimed innocent lives including children who played... (

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Burundi,Tanzania,Rwanda,East Africa,Uganda,Kenya

Lack of Arms Trade Treaty Puts East Africa at Centre of Gun Trafficking

8 May 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

A total of 300,000 small arms and light weapons have been smuggled into Uganda and other East African community countries for the last 10 years. This is as revealed by the executive secretary East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA), Richard Mugisha has revealed. Mugisha said the importation of illegal small arms was high in East Africa due to the existing arms embargoes which are too easy to break or ignore by different countries. "How can the sale of... (

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)


Rwanda,East Africa

East African Regional Cooperation Key to Fight Against Illicit Arms

3 March 2012

New Times (Rwanda)

Rwanda has made tremendous progress in the fight against the proliferation of small arms. So far, over 32,000 illegal arms have been destroyed since 2008. Last year, 40 tonnes of ammunition was destroyed at the Gabiro military barracks; all small arms in the hands of the police, the armed forces and private security companies have been given serial numbers by the newly acquired firearms marking machine. In 2007, Rwanda established the Central Firearms Registry to... (

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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... (

Read More: New York Times


Africa,Congo (DRC),Rwanda,Uganda,Burundi

Africa: Six Years On - The UN's International Small Arms Tracing Instrument

5 December 2011

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria), Report

The ability to trace small arms and light weapons (SALW) is an important step toward transparency and preventing the illicit use of firearms in conflict and crime. December 8th 2011 marks the 6th year since the adoption of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) by the United Nations General Assembly. In adopting the ITI, although not legally binding, the UN Member States acknowledged that the instrument would enable them to identify and trace, in a timely and... (

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)



Rwanda Defence Force to Destroy Over 40 Tons of Old Ammunition

3 November 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) has announced that it will, Friday, start a three-day exercise to destroy old ammunition. According to the RDF and army Spokesperson, Col Joseph Nzabamwita, over 40 tonnes of ammunition will be destroyed at Gabiro School of Infantry in the Eastern Province. "The ammunition to be destroyed include unexploded ordinances like grenades, bombs, bullets and others," Col. Nzabamwita said. The RDF says it has notified residents around the facility... (

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North Africa,East Africa,Rwanda

Rwanda Government Steps Up War Against Illegal Small Arms

28 October 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

In a bid to implement the international declarations and protocols that call upon states to adopt measures to fight against the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Rwanda on Wednesday officially launched its National Action Plan (NAP). The five-year plan will see national focal points formed, mass mobilisation and campaigns conducted and cross-border cooperation reinforced to effectively control and prevent illegal arms trade in the... (

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)


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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Rwanda,East Africa,Central Africa,Djibouti,Congo (DRC),Sudan

Rwanda to Lead Campaign Against Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons

20 October 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

Rwanda was, on Tuesday, elected to spearhead a regional campaign against illicit small arms and light weapons. The country was picked by delegates attending a ministerial council meeting of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), a grouping of 15 eastern and central African countries, dedicated to eradicating the proliferation of illegal arms across their borders. The meeting was held in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti. Rwanda was elected on the basis of... (

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Police Warn Public Against Illegal Possession of Firearms in Rwanda

23 September 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

Kigali — Rwanda National Police (RNP) has warned people who illegally possess firearms, to voluntarily surrender them to the concerned authorities before stiff measures are taken. Speaking to journalists yesterday, Police Spokesperson, Supt. Theos Badege, noted that despite the positive results registered in surrendering firearms in the recent past, some people still possess illegal guns. The warning follows a series of armed robberies in several parts of the... (

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)