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Sri Lanka

Illicit Firearm Trends in Sri Lanka

29 October 2017

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Early last month, traffic policemen who became suspicious of a licence plate intercepted a hybrid vehicle in which the occupants had Chinese-made assault weapons. By all indications, if not for the vigilance of the two traffic policemen and sheer luck, a violent crime could have been committed in Gampaha town in broad daylight. In the incident on October 2, police recovered three T56 assault rifles. The vehicle had been travelling on the road near Gampaha Hospital... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

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Sri Lanka

Monitoring Illicit SALW in Sri Lanka

8 February 2015

Daily Mirror Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's population today is living under the threat of illegally circulating illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), which are still unaccounted for. This is mainly because of the failure of previous governments and particulaly the previous regime's inability to curb the proliferation of illicit small arms in post-war Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka continues to accumulate an unknown number of illicit small arms since the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) insurrection in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

Homicide Spree Highlights Illicit Firearm Proliferation in Pakistan

8 June 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

A hike in gun crimes including homicides, attempted murders and robberies using weapons ranging from 9 mm pistols to T-56 assault rifles, has highlighted the threat posed by firearms getting into the hands of criminals; but the Government's response to the problem has been slow, with little follow-up action on pledges made to various UN bodies to deal with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in a postwar scenario. May and June alone, there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

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Iraq,Syria,Israel,India,Ireland,Togo,Canada,United States,Afghanistan,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Sri Lanka,Germany,Russia

Growing Number of Personalised Firearms to Boost Safety Available

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

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England & Wales,Sri Lanka

UK Prime Minister Challenged to Justify Firearms Sales to Sri Lanka

22 November 2013

Guardian (UK)

David Cameron must explain why the government has allowed machine guns and assault rifles to be exported to Sri Lanka despite his recent highlighting of the country's human rights abuses, the head of the Commons weapons watchdog has said. Sir John Stanley, chairman of the arms export control committee, said the government has a "questionable" approach on arms exports to Sri Lanka. The senior Conservative MP said it was "not credible" for ministers to claim the £8m of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Looking to Regulate Trade in Small Arms

12 November 2013

Nation (Sri Lanka)

The Sri Lankan Government would work diligently to phase out the use of small arms within its borders as the country very well understood the destruction that could be wrought by such weapons when they fall into the wrong hands, Leader of the House and Chairman of the Sri Lankan Chapter of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said. Addressing a fringe session on the sidelines of the Commonwealth People's Forum 2013, held at the Chaaya... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka,England & Wales

UK Sells Arms to Sri Lanka's 'Brutal' Regime

18 February 2013

Belfast Telegraph

Britain is selling millions of pounds worth of arms and ammunition to Sri Lanka despite the country's dire human rights record. Figures taken from the Government's own database show how the authorities in Colombo have gone on a buying spree of British small arms and weaponry worth at least £3m. Some of the items sold to Sri Lanka include pistols, rifles, assault rifles, body armour and combat shotguns – despite the Foreign Office still classifying the South Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Belfast Telegraph

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Sri Lanka

Gun Control in Sri Lanka

22 January 2013

Colombo Telegraph

In the Officers' Mess of Pakistan's famed Frontier Force Regiment (the Piffers), at the Regimental Centre, located at Abbotabad near the Khyber Pass (the cantonment town at which US SEALS found and killed Osama bin Laden – remember?) on the border with Afghanistan, there is a huge mural, done in the days of the British Raj, showing a team of Mules pulling a huge Howitzer Canon into a battle field in the swirling dust, with a group of Madrassi sappers of the Madras... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales,Djibouti,Sri Lanka,Yemen,Somalia,European Union

British Authorities Question Legality, Security of 'Floating' Gun Armouries

10 January 2013

Guardian (UK)

Private security companies guarding ships against Somali pirates are increasingly storing their weapons on so-called "floating armouries" in international waters, to avoid arms smuggling laws when they dock in ports. About 20 ships stocked with assault rifles and other small arms as well as ammunition, body armour and night vision goggles are scattered around the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, the EU naval force has confirmed. The legal status of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

27 Prisoners Killed, 42 People Wounded in Sri Lankan Prison Shooting

10 November 2012

Associated Press / Yahoo! News (America)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 27 inmates, while police said Saturday that they arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape and were searching for others. Another 42 people were wounded in the clashes Friday between inmates and army and police commandos that broke out after the rioting prisoners broke into the armory and briefly took control of at least part of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Sri Lanka,United Arab Emirates

UAE Detains Floating Gun Arsenal, Experts say Regulation Needed

17 October 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

DUBAI - Alarm bells have sounded over the appearance of ships doubling as floating arsenals near UAE waters. Of the estimated 12 armoury ships operating globally, at least four are known to operate off the coast of Fujairah. They rent weapons to security companies that guard merchant vessels in the areas where pirates are active, and act as ammunition stores for security companies en route to UAE, Yemen or Saudi Arabian waters, where weapons from other countries are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Police Launch Massive Islandwide Crackdown on Illegal Guns

9 June 2012

Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)

Police yesterday began a massive islandwide crackdown on illegal firearms and weapons on a directive by IGP N.K. Illangakoon. IGP Illangakoon has sent a circular to Officers-in-Charge of police stations islandwide to seize illegal firearms forthwith by conducting raids on hideouts of criminals and other suspected individuals, Police Media Spokesman Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer. "Illegal firearms and weapons are used by underworld gangs despite it being an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)

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Timor-Leste,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Myanmar,Indonesia,South Asia,South East Asia,Israel,Iran,Cuba,United States,Japan,China,Brunei,Philippines,Pakistan,India,Asia

UN Urges Asian Nations to Help Curb Global Trade in Illegal Guns

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

The United Nations is urging all nations in the Asia region to implement concrete solutions to stop illegal trading in small arms and light weapons. "Over the past decades, trade has made this region grow so phenomenally. If you are a region where international trade is what makes you tick, you better also make sure that you are seen as doing trade in the right way," UN disarmament affairs official Daniel Prins told reporters on the sidelines of opening the Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nepal,Myanmar,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Mauritius,Libya,Morocco,Saudi Arabia,Iran,Turkey,Thailand,Indonesia,Malaysia,France,China,United States,Pakistan

Pakistan Has Achieved Self Sufficiency in Small Arms and Ammunition

5 March 2012

Indian Defence Review

After partition, Pakistan did not inherit any military production facilities. In 1951, the Pakistan Ordnance Factory was established at Wah cantonment to produce small arms, ammunition and explosives. After 1965, Pakistan, apart from shifting its overwhelming arms supplies reliance from the US to China and other western countries like France; also began to concentrate on expanding its defence production facilities. In this, it received effusive assistance from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Defence Review

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Thailand,Malaysia,Indonesia,Kuwait,Qatar,Mexico,Peru,Venezuela,Colombia,Bolivia,Somalia,Nepal,Oman,Latvia,Mauritius,Guyana,Congo (DRC),Bosnia & Herzegovina,Saudi Arabia,Liberia,Kazakhstan,Singapore,Dominican Republic,Jordan,Trinidad & Tobago,United Arab Emirates,Guatemala,Honduras,Chile,Ecuador,Argentina,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (ROC),Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Côte d'Ivoire,Egypt,Burkina Faso,Brazil,Tunisia,Sri Lanka,Pakistan,Philippines,Yemen,United States,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Russia,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,South Africa,Algeria,Angola,Botswana,Ghana,Guinea,Madagascar

Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,Chad,Syria,Sri Lanka,Colombia,Greece

The Arms Trade Treaty and Human Rights - Amnesty's Report [FR]

25 January 2012

Amnesty International

[Translated summary: While international negotiations on the adoption of an International Arms Trade Treaty are at a crucial time, Amnesty International published a report illustrating through the situation in 5 countries (Chad, Syria, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Greece) the necessity of such an instrument to prevent deadly and irresponsible arms transfers.] A l'heure où les négociations internationales en vue de l'adoption d'un traité international sur le commerce des... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Central America,Caribbean,Central Africa,El Salvador,Iraq,Jamaica,Colombia,Sri Lanka,Central African Republic,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Mexico

Study Finds Again That Crime, Not War is Main Source of Gun Violence

29 October 2011

Associated Press

GENEVA — More people are killed by armed violence resulting from crime than are killed in war, with Latin America and a swath of countries through the middle of Africa among the hardest hit, an international study claimed Thursday. About 526,000 people die violently every year — or more than 1,400 people every day — according to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report. Only about 55,000 of those killed die in warfare, while an estimated 396,000 people... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka President to Disarm Private Guards of Politicians

13 October 2011

Lanka Business Online (Pita Kotte)

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said firearms kept by private 'guards' of politicians will be recovered in a special operation starting Thursday, in the wake of a deadly clash among rival factions of his party. "A special operation aimed at disarming them has been launched from today by the police and the special task force assisted by the military," President Rajapaksa told a meeting of media chiefs. Analysts said politicians of various colours had got into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lanka Business Online (Pita Kotte)

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Sri Lanka,Sudan,Malawi,Zambia,Mozambique,Macedonia,Liberia,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Africa,South Africa

Africa: Analysis: How Best to Remove Guns from Post-conflict Zones?

28 July 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward. The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Sri Lanka,Zimbabwe,Côte d'Ivoire

Is Zimbabwe Illegally Supplying Guns, Ammunition to Côte d'Ivoire?

31 January 2011

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

On 23 January, the Sunday Times in the UK reported that in the dying days of 2010 the Zimbabwe government clandestinely transferred arms to incument President Laurent Gbagbo's administration in the Ivory Coast. The arms consignment allegedly comprised small arms, mortars and ammunition, which was mainly of Chinese origin. The transfer was facilitated by the state-owned Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), and was supposedly dispatched with the blessing of Zimbabwean... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

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