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Bosnia & Herzegovina

21 September 2021

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

A total of 1,972 pieces of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) were destroyed by the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, 18 September. The event took place at the Jelšingrad smelter in Banja Luka and represents a continuation of efforts to increase public safety and security, and diminish the risk of SALW proliferation. It was conducted by the SALW Coordination Board of Bosnia and Herzegovina, police agencies, the United Nations Development Programme... (

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9 July 2020

Murcia Today (Spain)

9th July is International Gun Destruction Day During the last year the Guardia Civíl destroyed a total of 86,566 weapons in Spain, 3,493 of which were confiscated in the Murcia region. 852 of the weapons from Murcia are small firearms and more than 2,000 long-barrel shotguns and rifles. Some of the weapons are confiscated as their owners lack the necessary certification and others are seized by the Guardia during criminal investigations. Public auctions are held to... (

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3 February 2020

Front Page Africa (FPA)

As part of its core function to control, regulate and prevent the proliferation of Small and Light Weapons in Liberia, and pursuant to Parts II, III & IV of the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2016 relating to the possession, registration, licensing and use of the single barrel hunting guns, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in collaboration with the Liberia National Police has officially launched the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise... (

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New Zealand

20 June 2019


WELLINGTON - New Zealand's government on Thursday launched a multimillion-dollar, six-month "buy-back" scheme to compensate owners of powerful but newly banned semi-automatic weapons prohibited in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in the Southern city of Christchurch. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Minister of Police Stuart Nash said in a joint emailed statement that NZ$208 million ($135.97 million) had been set aside to compensate owners of the banned... (

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Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (

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20 April 2016

News Ghana

With fears of instability due to the high stakes in the 2016 elections and the recent seizures of large arms and ammunition, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Aplerh told Class News the commission would embark on a massive education drive to rid the system of such weapons. "What we are doing in the circumstance is to step up intelligence and there are various forms and various strategies used in mopping up weapons that are in excess in society," he... (

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13 March 2016

With apologies for being absent so long, Gun Policy News bulletins are back. At least for now. Beginning in 1997, our dozens of regional E-mail and RSS news feeds delivered daily bulletins of small arms-related mass media articles up to June, 2014. From today we'll try to do so again, at least until the end of 2016.... (

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United States

28 May 2015

Heritage Foundation (USA)

In 2001, the United Nations created the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). The PoA is not a treaty. Rather, it is a political mechanism for encouraging voluntary cooperation. On June 1–5, 2015, the Second Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE2) under the PoA will be held in New York City. The purpose of MGE2 is to allow nationally nominated experts to address technical... (

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26 November 2014

Samoa Observer

As part of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, the Pacific Small Arms Action Group has launched a report on arms, security and gender in the Pacific. The report cautions Pacific governments that failing to address the gendered impacts of arms and security will lead to ineffective and inefficient policy. Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace and a member of the group, called on Pacific Island governments to work together to address the... (

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29 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - There has been an increase in the number of illegal firearms and gang membership in the Caricom region executive director of Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Francis Forbes has said. Describing it as "more than a cause for concern" while addressing the regional workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty at the Trinidad Hilton hotel last week Forbes said: "Only last year there were 2,143 homicides committed in 11 Caricom... (

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St Vincent & Grenadines,Jamaica

4 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS — St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica have ratified the new Arms Trade Treaty as the Caribbean seeks to play an historic role in helping end the irresponsible, lethal global US$85 billion trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition. The delegations from the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Tuesday attended a special ratification ceremony at the United Nations' Headquarters to mark the event. "It is really positive that two... (

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4 June 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty. Samoa is the first among Pacific Island countries to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty which seeks to thwart the flow of arms to conflict regions. Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have signed but ratification is needed in order to be bound by the UN agreement's rules. Samoa's move brings to 40 the number of states... (

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Congo (DRC),Africa,Sudan,South Sudan,Bulgaria,Iran

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (

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Russia,United States,Japan

23 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Japan's upper house of parliament, the House of Councillors, unanimously approved Wednesday a bill providing for the country's accession to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, the NHK channel reported. The Japanese government now expects a fast ratification of the treaty, although no specific date on its implementation has yet been announced. The Arms Trade Treaty, adopted at the UN General Assembly last year, is the first international pact regulating commerce in... (

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4 April 2014

+972 Magazine, Blog

The Knesset Committee for Advancement of the Status of Women is about to discuss a national action plan, initiated by a wide coalition of feminist NGOs, for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325. The resolution calls for the adoption of a gender perspective in peace and security issues, or simply put – for the consideration of women's special security needs, and of the unique nature of harm they suffer. For the first time, the national action plan... (

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Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (

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Sierra Leone

2 April 2014

Awoko (Sierra Leone)

In a bid to provide alternative livelihood for local manufacturers of light weapons such as shotguns, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has registered some 1,500 Blacksmiths in the Mano River Basin as pilot beneficiaries aimed at achieving that objective. The exercise, also aimed at reducing the impact of armed violence in the four-member country sub regional organization, was recently announced by the Programme Manager of AOAV, Francis Owane-Addo at the launch of the... (

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27 March 2014

Gulf Times (Qatar) / Media Line

At the centre of the country, it's difficult to find a bottle of water to buy while you can effortlessly purchase a firearm. UN aid worker Khalid Abdu told The Media Line that during a recent visit to Sawadia District of the central province of Baydha, he found most of the shops were closed except for those selling firearms. He later learned there were tribal feuds taking place in the area. "Owners here usually close their shops before sunset, because they are afraid... (

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Japan,United States

3 March 2014

Japan Times, Editorial

The Abe administration plans to ditch the nation's long-standing three-point weapons-export ban by writing a new three-point principle governing the export of weapons. The new policy would turn Japan into a weapons-exporting country. A departure from Japan's traditional security posture characterized by self-restraint, such a move would damage the international trust and reputation Japan has earned through its strict restriction on weapons exports. Ultimately this step... (

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Senegal,West Africa

18 February 2014

Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (Senegal)

[Translated summary: The Senegalese Prime Minister is supporting efforts to prevent illegal manufacturing and trafficking of firearms in Senegal, chairing a workshop on proliferation of weapons. Authorities are concerned about the human rights and development costs of insecurity caused by small arms proliferation, and Senegal has signed regional and international agreements related to this issue.] Le Sénégal mise sur la prévention pour combattre et éradiquer la... (

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China,Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Japan,Russia

16 February 2014

Japan Times

A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said. The measure, coming less than a year after Japan signed the treaty adopted at the U.N. General Assembly last April, underscores Tokyo's eagerness to nudge others to join the framework, the sources said Saturday. However, the move appears incongruous with the stance of... (

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Togo,West Africa

19 December 2013

Ici Lome

[Translated summary: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre and the Togolese Government held a training seminar in December 2013 on firearms and ammunition. The aim is to prevent the uncontrolled trafficking and circulation of weapons amongst criminals and terrorists in West Africa, with an estimated 100 million small arms in Africa.] Togo - Le Centre International kofi ANNAN en collaboration avec le gouvernement togolais organise du 17 au 18... (

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13 December 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A report has revealed that all parts of Nigeria are ravaged with armed violence, which has been detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the country, with 80 per cent of weapons in private hands having been acquired illegally. The report, titled: 'The Violent Road', which was presented to the media in Abuja yesterday, was conducted by the National Working Group on Armed Violence (NWGAV) in conjunction with the United Kingdom based Non Governmental Organisation... (

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24 November 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ABUJA — At a workshop organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Abuja last week, 30 legal experts from the Ministries of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly, received advice and tools for drafting a bill on the requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty and the Nigerian domestic law. The treaty requires parties to prevent the illicit trade in conventional arms, comprising small arms and light weapons, tanks, missiles,... (

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23 November 2013

Bahrain News Agency

NEW YORK - The Kingdom of Bahrain signed yesterday the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN headquarters here. The treaty was signed by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UN, Ambassador Jamal Faris Al Ruwaei. The signing of the treaty is in line with the Kingdom of Bahrain's commitment to the UN goals and principles related to disarmament through joining the relevant international conventions and treaties, in order to achieve... (

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Costa Rica

21 November 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

Jenifer Lizano lives in one of the five most violent places in Costa Rica, the neighborhood of León XIII in the northern San José canton of Tibás. "Guns are used here on a daily basis and there are shootings at any time of the day," she said. In the first 10 months of 2013, 15 people have been murdered in the urban neighborhood. Some victims are children, including Lizano's 14-year-old nephew, who was killed by a stray bullet two years ago. Since then, Lizano... (

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Solomon Islands,Australia,Papua New Guinea,Timor-Leste

12 November 2013

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the international humanitarian system must improve its efficiency, quality and reach. Ms Bishop told delegates at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies conference in Sydney that the system is being increasingly stretched by conflicts and crises. The new types of conflict are leading to more attacks targeting aid workers. Ms Bishop says the independent non-combatant status of the Red Cross and Red... (

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Sri Lanka

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... (

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9 November 2013

Christian Science Monitor

SANAA, Yemen - Like most Yemeni men, Mahmoud Shahra owns a gun and has known how to use it since childhood, although the 25-year-old activist used to leave his weapons at home. But since the politically motivated kidnapping of one of his close friends earlier this year, Shahra has carried a gun at nearly all times. He seems at ease with his AK-47, but his demeanor hides internal disquiet. "Even if I feel safer and more confident, I feel like I'm betraying my values... (

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South Sudan,Somalia,Burundi,Liberia,Ghana,United States,Europe,Zimbabwe,Uganda,Tanzania,Sudan,Nigeria,Namibia,Kenya,Ethiopia,Africa

5 November 2013

IPI Global Observatory

Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent's many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault... (

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19 October 2013

Coast Week (Kenya)

NAKURU, Kenya - Recurrent attacks in some parts of Kenya especially in the northern and coastal regions have caused major security shake-ups in the East African nation with the government reinforcing security in the affected areas. During the attacks, people have died, livestock - which to some is the main source of livelihood, have been killed or stolen and property worth of millions of shillings lost. Due to fear, some members of the local communities have moved... (

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Oceania,Iran,North Korea,Congo (DRC),Sudan,Syria,Europe,United States,Asia,Africa,Americas

30 September 2013

New York Times, Editorial

Efforts to control the $70 billion a year global market in conventional weapons got a big boost when the United States signed the United Nations arms trade treaty, joining more than 100 other countries in affirming the need to keep these weapons out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes, militants and criminals. But the work is far from done. At least 50 member countries, including the United States, must still carry out the next step and ratify the treaty for it to... (

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26 September 2013

Oxfam Australia, Media release

A landmark, Australian-led resolution to tackle the devastating impacts of small arms and light weapons is expected to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council tomorrow, signalling a major step forward in international cooperation on arms control, international aid agency Oxfam Australia said. The Security Council resolution is likely to be adopted on Thursday in New York (Friday AEST) at a high-level meeting on small arms hosted by Australia as part of its... (

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25 September 2013

Afriquinfos / Xinhua

[Translated summary: Over 80,000 small arms and light weapons have been seized from citizens in Burundi during a disarmament campaign. Officials have called on women leaders to be involved in the efforts, as victims of many of the crimes the disarmament is trying to prevent.] BUJUMBURA - Plus de 80.000 armes légères et de petit calibre (ALPC) de différentes sortes ont été retirées de la population à la veille de la deuxième phase du désarmement civil, prévu... (

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United States,Canada,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

25 September 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The Harper government faced sharp criticism Wednesday for its continued refusal to sign a landmark treaty to regulate the global arms trade. A group of non-governmental agencies, called the Control Arms Coalition, said it was frustrated and disappointed that the government did not follow the United States and more than 90 other countries in signing the Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile, the federal NDP accused the government of indulging in conspiracy theories because it... (

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Oceania,China,Europe,Americas,Africa,Russia,United States,Asia

25 September 2013

New York Times

A pioneering United Nations treaty aimed at regulating the global trade in conventional weapons surpassed a symbolically important threshold on Wednesday when 18 countries, most notably the United States, officially signed the document, pushing the total number to more than half of the organization's member states. Proponents of the treaty, which was adopted overwhelmingly by the 193-member General Assembly in April, but still required signing and ratification, said... (

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23 September 2013

Canberra Times (Australia)

Now down to its final week as president of the United Nations Security Council, Australia has a real chance to make its mark on the powerful body. There's no questioning the importance of Australia using this role to respond to a range of conflicts, including pushing for a political solution to the Syria crisis. The US-Russia agreement on a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons shows this is a critical opportunity for Australia to ramp up its diplomatic efforts... (

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Russia,Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Nicaragua,United States,Canada,Guinea-Bissau,Libya,Mexico,Colombia

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... (

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13 August 2013

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Nigeria has become the first Africa country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has disclosed. "Nigeria becomes the first African country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This landmark event represents our deep commitment to a treaty which establishes common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. "We remain resolute and unyielding in our efforts... (

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23 July 2013

Cayman News Service

The Caribbean's ambassador to the United Nations has said the region needs to address the small arms trade which is causing intense violence in its communities. Speaking at the seventh general meeting of CARICOM and the UN in New York Monday, Irwin Larocque, CARICOM's Secretary-General said citizen security was of paramount concern as the "dimensions of the scourge of crime" increased and the region was plagued by the illegal trade in small arms. The Caribbean is a... (

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Palau,New Zealand,Samoa,Tuvalu,Australia

5 June 2013

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Tuvalu and Palau have become the first countries in the Pacific to sign the UN small arms treaty. The treaty, which opened for signatures in New York on Monday, puts rules in place that make countries consider human rights before any arms trade deals are made. New Zealand and Australia have also signed it and Samoa will be doing so in September at the UN general assembly. The Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, Barry Coates, says he hopes other Pacific countries... (

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United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Australia,Finland,Africa,Germany

3 June 2013

Time (USA)

More than 65 countries signed the landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade Monday and the United States announced it will sign soon, giving a strong kickoff to the first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists. The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. — the world's largest arms dealer — will sign is critical, but the treaty's ultimate strength rests... (

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4 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The champagne was flowing Tuesday afternoon in the office of the Canadian charity Project Ploughshares. Hours earlier, the United Nations in a 154-3 vote agreed to approve an arms trade treaty, a pact that has the promise to regulate the cross-border sale of conventional weapons. In theory, the treaty should stop arms makers from being able to sell so easily to countries with spotty human-rights records. Tanks, combat aircraft, naval vessels, missiles and launchers,... (

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3 April 2013

Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)

An outcome that does not make everyone happy is the hallmark of a successful negotiation process, to paraphrase Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott, president of the United Nations' Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He and his team certainly achieved that goal. Most states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) agree that the treaty text does not meet the expectations that were created over the past two decades. However, mitigating this situation is... (

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3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three. The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran. The 23 countries abstaining included Russia and China, ranked respectively as the number two and five weapons exporters by the Stockholm International Peace Research... (

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3 April 2013

Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create the first treaty regulating the international arms trade, a landmark decision that imposes new constraints on the sale of conventional arms to governments and armed groups that commit war crimes, genocide and other mass atrocities. The vote was hailed by arms-control advocates and scores of governments, including the United States, as a major step in the global effort to put in place... (

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Iran,Syria,United Kingdom,Kenya,North Korea

29 March 2013

Australian (Sydney)

Iran, North Korea and Syria have held up agreement on the first global treaty on the $US80 billion ($A76.97 billion) a year conventional arms trade. The three states twice blocked moves to adopt a treaty by consensus at the end of 10 days of arduous talks at the UN headquarters. Kenya announced that a coalition of countries from around the world would now take the treaty straight to the 193-member UN General Assembly next week for approval. It can be passed with a two... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

27 March 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Small arms, including handguns and rifles, are weapons of mass destruction in this country, said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran. Dookeran made the statement on Tuesday night as he delivered the opening remarks at a town meeting held by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) at his constituency office in Tunapuna. Dookeran is the Member of Parliament for Tunapuna. "Small arms are an important part of the armoury of the criminal industry and the region has... (

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Germany,Mexico,United Kingdom,Ghana,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

26 March 2013

Rappler / Agence France Presse

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone "backwards" from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, who expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the treaty as talks at the UN headquarters entered the final straight. A group representing 103 countries blasted the latest text as a step "backwards." A statement by the 103,... (

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Oceania,Asia,Europe,Africa,Americas,United States

25 March 2013


Human rights groups on Monday sharply criticized the latest draft of what could become the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, accusing the United States and others of pushing to dilute it. Several Western delegations, however, played down the complaints of groups like Oxfam, Amnesty International, the World Council of Churches and Control Arms, saying the latest draft showed progress, though improvements were clearly... (

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15 March 2013

Fox News (USA)

A week before it opens a treaty conference to impose worldwide limitations on arms sales, the United Nations co-hosted and paid for a series of meetings involving 48 African nations and an anti-gun group that espouses much greater national and international control of firearms, including registration of small arms and ammunition. The co-host of the gathering in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was a multinational "civil society" network known as IANSA, which calls... (

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8 March 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazil has a gun culture, a gun industry and a gun problem -- much like the U.S. In fact, more Brazilians than Americans died of gunfire in 2010. Yet Brazil's 2010 tally, 34,300 deaths, was significantly lower than its gun fatalities in 2003 (39,284), when the government enacted major gun-control regulation. I asked Brazilian political scientist Antonio Bandeira, who coordinates the arms-control program of Viva Rio, a nongovernmental organization in Rio De Janeiro, how... (

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5 March 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

OTTAWA — For nearly two weeks last year, diplomats from Canada and the rest of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to crack down on the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition. But rather than working to strengthen those efforts, newly released documents show Canadian officials were instructed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to "play a low-key, minimal role" — and that their main objective was safeguarding Canadian... (

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2 March 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - The Ministry of Home Affairs today appealed to all concerned to submit all types of weapons, both small and large, to the concerned District Administration Office, District Police Office or the nearest police unit by March 28, failing which legal action under the Arms and Ammunition Act-1963 would be initiated. The move follows the growing possession and use of unlicenced weapons, small arms in particular, among the persons with criminal mindset to disturb... (

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United States

20 February 2013

The Hill (Washington DC), Blog

President Obama is coming under renewed pressure to back a worldwide arms trade treaty at the United Nations after backing off ahead of last year's elections. Human rights groups are demanding that the United States take the lead in creating international standards for cross-border weapons sales when the U.N. starts a second round of talks March 18. Last year's talks came to a screeching halt after the Obama administration asked for more time following intense... (

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6 February 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Mexico City authorities have received over 3,000 firearms in exchange for cash, bicycles, tablet computers and other goods, in new amnesty program aimed at tackling gun crime. The program, "For your family, voluntarily disarmament" (Por tu familia, desarme voluntario), has been running in three of Mexico City's 16 districts for the last two months. El Capitalino reports that government officials associated with the program have visited nearly half a million homes in... (

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Mali,Libya,United States,West Africa,Niger

29 January 2013

Council on Foreign Relations, Blog

The violence that has plagued once-stable Mali since late 2011 should have come as no surprise to Western governments, for it is a direct function of NATO's Libyan intervention. By adopting a "light footprint" approach in Libya, the alliance unwittingly contributed to a security vacuum that allowed countless weapons to stream out of Libya and fuel insurgency, extremism, and crime in neighboring countries. One of these countries was Mali, where the flood of weapons from... (

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United States,Russia,China,Mexico

11 January 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

MEXICO CITY - A lot of attention goes to the U.S.-made weapons in the hands of criminal groups in this Latin American country. But there is little talk of another problem: the large number of light weapons in the hands of civilians. The Mexican Constitution establishes the people's right to "own guns in their homes for their safety and self-defence", with the exception of high caliber weapons, while the 1972 Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives stipulates the... (

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Somalia,United States,Ethiopia,Yemen,Libya,Israel,European Union,East Africa,Kenya,Ukraine,Russia

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (

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Uganda,Ethiopia,Kenya,South Sudan,Somalia,East Africa,Tanzania

8 January 2013

Star (Kenya), Series

There are estimated 530,000-680,000 firearms in the wrong hands in Kenya. The number of illegal arms has grown over the years and is said to fuel the conflicts witnessed within Kenya and the region. In an investigation that took close to a year, our correspondent Kassim Mohamed tracked down some of the people who smuggle small arms and light weapons into Kenya and unveils a dangerous trend that can affect the current peace if nothing is done by not just the Kenyan... (

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Africa,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia

28 December 2012


The leading U.S. pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade and dismissed suggestions that a recent U.S. school shooting bolstered the case for such a pact. The U.N. General Assembly voted on Monday to restart negotiations in mid-March on the first international treaty to regulate conventional arms trade after a drafting conference in July collapsed because the U.S. and... (

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East Africa,Tanzania

6 December 2012

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salam), Opinion

Recent State campaign against illegal ownership of small firearms succeeded in impounding 304 guns. It is kudos for the Police Force. The number of firearms found during the brief campaign must have shocked the nation. The find pointed to the stark reality that too many arms were in dangerous hands. In fact, armed banditry has escalated to alarming proportions in the last few months. It is this nettling situation that has prompted the government to issue an ultimatum... (

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European Union

19 November 2012

Europa (European Union), Speech

I am delighted to welcome you all to our conference on the fight against illicit trafficking in firearms, in the EU and beyond. We have in the room today some of the leading experts on the topic – from law enforcement, industry, policy makers, and from civil society. For you, it will not come as a surprise that the Commission puts focus on this issue by organising this conference. Still, it is worth recalling that despite repeated political declarations, at... (

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South Sudan

15 November 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

BOR — Lawmakers in South Sudan's eastern state of Jonglei, the scene of a localised rebellion and controversial disarmament campaign, have passed a bill making it illegal for civilians to carry guns or ammunition without a licence. The Social Firearms and Ammunitions Control Bill, passed in the state parliament's last session before the long Christmas recess, is in response to ongoing insecurity in the state. It is almost a year since cattle raiding and reprisal... (

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7 November 2012

Gulf Times (Doha) / Agence France Presse

It was a classic bank heist in many ways. Armed men using a stolen car and motorbikes held up a van carrying cash in central New Delhi, shot a guard, and made off with the money. While familiar in many countries and a set-piece of Hollywood films, it set alarm bells ringing in India where gun crime and armed robbery is still low by the standards of other developing countries in Latin America or Africa. The daylight robbery in September and several mass shootings in... (

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Sierra Leone

31 October 2012

Awoko (Sierra Leone)

The Sierra Leone Action on Small Arms [SLANSA] in collaboration with Sierra Leone Commission on Small Arms [SLeNCSA] with support from Action on Armed Violence [AOAV] has held an open forum on the popularization of the Arms and Ammunition Acts 2012. Addressing his audience, the key note speaker retired LT. Col. Mbaday Bangura said the government has officially passed the Acts on Small Arms into law and that the people of the country need to know about it. He said owners... (

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Croatia,European Union,Europe

19 October 2012

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 19 October 2012, less than two years after the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic symbolically destroyed the first rifle marked for destruction, the last of 30,000 small arms and light weapons were disposed of, as a part of the EU supported SEESAC Arms Control Activities in the Western Balkans. The final, public destruction took place in Varazdin and was attended by Evelin Tonkovic - Deputy Minister of Interior (MoI) of the Republic of Croatia, Louisa Vinton - the UN... (

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8 October 2012

Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

Russia has called on the world to agree on selling small arms and light weapons only to authorized dealers of importer countries, Russian Foreign Ministry security and disarmament department head Alexander Deineko said in an interview with Interfax. Russia has suggested a set of measures, which would tighten control over the distribution of small arms and light weapons, primarily in the areas where the risk of an arms leak to the black market is high, he said. "For... (

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25 September 2012

Awoko (Sierra Leone)

The national secretariat of Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) have symbolically burned Four Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy three (4,773) Firearms that was collected by the UNDP Supported Arms for Development project which marked the climax of a process that started some 8 years ago. The ceremony took place at the Makeni Mena police field and drew the attention of all paramount chiefs in the North, government officials, military personnel, the... (

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19 September 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Federal Republic of Germany has disclosed that it will provide 500,000 euros to finance projects implemented by the newly established United Nation (UN) fund to combat illegal small arms. This is disclosed at the just concluded review conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons, the United Nations member states confirmed their commitment to fight illegal arms trading and to protect children in armed conflict. Speaking on progress of UN... (

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19 September 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The Venezuelan government announced that it has destroyed more than 16,000 firearms so far this year, but despite this apparent success, concerns remain about the widespread availability of firearms in the country. An official from the Venezuelan Commission for Arms Control and Disarmament also praised the recent handover of 1,418 weapons seized in various operations in the state of Aragua, saying it was "clear and convincing proof" that the government is fulfilling... (

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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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2 September 2012

Japan Times, Editorial

The international trade in small arms more than doubled since 2006, growing into a stunning $8.5 billion a year industry. The latest Small Arms Survey by an independent research group in Geneva found that large-scale government spending and increased purchases by American civilians, in addition to steady sales to developing countries, contributed to the upsurge. The reported increase can also be attributed to better information and more thorough research. The result,... (

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Peru,Argentina,Dominican Republic,Colombia,Mexico,Russia,United States

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The lights blanketing the globe on Google's latest foray into data visualization tell a hidden story of the gun trafficking business: that understanding the movement of ammunition is just as important as understanding the movement of weapons. Google says the interactive map, which was a joint initiative between Google Ideas and the Brazil-based Igarape Institute, was pulled together using more than a million data points of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition... (

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South America,Central America,Caribbean

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

According to a recent report by European research project Small Arms Survey, 21 out of 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean exceed the global average for the number of homicides committed with firearms. The report, released on August 27, shows that firearms homicides in Latin America and the Caribbean are far higher than the global average of 42 percent. Firearms were found to be used in 60 percent of homicides in South America, 61 percent in the Caribbean,... (

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27 August 2012


UNITED NATIONS - The annual authorized trade in small arms has more than doubled in the past six years to $8.5 billion, driven by Americans buying more guns and ammunition and big military purchases for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a survey found on Monday. The Small Arms Survey 2012, an independent research project, found the top exporters with trade of at least $100 million were the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Russia,... (

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Oman,Saudi Arabia,Bahrain,Kuwait

22 August 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

KUWAIT CITY - A Kuwaiti groom was killed on his wedding day after his friend accidentally shot him. The friend, who surrendered to police, shot Abdullah Al Khaldi, 24, inside a car that was taking the wedding party to the marriage celebration. Mr Khaldi, who worked for the ministry of defence, died before reaching hospital. The incident, in Al Jahra neighbourhood of Kuwait City, has reignited a debate about civilian possession of firearms, which is legal in... (

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Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Romania,Greece,Bulgaria,Moldova,Macedonia,Serbia

8 August 2012

Southeast European Times

Southeast Europe's are heavily armed – according to the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, people in the region legally own 3 million firearms and another 4 million illegal weapons. Serbia leads the region in weapons, according to Ivan Cvijovic, police inspector at the public order sector of the Belgrade police department. The rate of registered firearms per 100 people is 15.81. Montenegro has 14.36... (

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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... (

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Africa,Canada,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Mexico

1 August 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Lost in the hoopla of the opening ceremony of the Olympics, a vital international marathon of another kind ended Friday with a race suspension just before the finish line. At the United Nations in New York, a month of intensive multilateral negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international transfers of conventional weapons concluded without agreement, largely because the United States called for more time on the final day. The U.S. announcement was... (

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Kenya,East Africa,Syria,Uganda

28 July 2012

Independent (Kampala)

United Nations diplomats from over 190 countries, including Uganda, are at the organisation's headquarters in New York discussing a pact to regulate the global arms trade. The Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) would especially check the illicit trade in arms in a global arms industry that, while amounting to US$60 billion, remains unregulated. Advocates for the treaty say this lack of regulation of the arms industry is catastrophic, as it fuels conflicts that claim... (

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United States,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

28 July 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Negotiators at the United Nations are working to put final touches on a treaty cracking down on the global, $60 billion business of illicit trading in small arms, a move aimed at curbing violence in some of the most troubled corners of the world. In the United States, gun activists denounce it as an attack on their constitutional right to bear arms. "Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful... (

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Oceania,Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,United States

26 July 2012

Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - After last week's shooting in Colorado, President Obama's remarks Wednesday night about gun violence were a rare departure for a president who usually steers clear of the subject. Now another gun issue is coming to a head that the president likely would just as soon avoid: the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. … The treaty, whose final version is due out on Friday, aims to regulate the $60 billion international trade in small arms in an effort to keep... (

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Sudan,Syria,Russia,China,Papua New Guinea,Fiji,Oceania

19 March 2012

ABC News (Australia), Transcript

Every year illicit trade in small arms results in thousands of deaths. Most of them in developing countries, including the Pacific, where the impact of gun violence has been devastating. Now the international community is to meet at the United Nations to finalise the first ever global arms trade treaty. HELEN HAKENA, WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER: I was seven months pregnant when gunmen came into our village terrorising the entire village community. My house was burnt to... (

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Puerto Rico

15 March 2012

International Action Network on Small Arms / IANSA

A gun amnesty in Puerto Rico has removed more than 400 firearms and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from circulation since it began in February 2012. The amnesty is overseen by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, in cooperation with local government and religious centres across the country. Over 35 churches have received training in how to handle surrendered weapons and have been certified as gun collection points. Henry Neumann, of the Ministry, said the... (

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21 November 2011

Tripoli Post (Libya)

The Saturday forecast warned of a rainy November afternoon - a crowd gathered nonetheless at the Tashkil Libya Al-Hurra Brigade in Keesh for one of Benghazi's first ever formal graffiti contests organised by French NGO Handicap International to raise awareness of the dangers posed by small arms and light weapons. However, for many of the young contestants it was as much an opportunity for personal expression, as it was about tackling one of Libya's most pressing... (

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Burkina Faso

10 November 2011

Sidwaya (Burkina Faso)

[Translated summary: According to the National Commission for the Fight against Proliferation of Small Arms (CNLPAL), around 2 million small arms are circulating in Burkina Faso. Many of these small arms are home-made. During 2008, 248 small arms were seized, including 170 home-made, against 378 seized in 2009, including 249 home-made. In the first quarter of 2010, 140 small arms were seized, including 50 home-made.] La Commission nationale de lutte contre la... (

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North Africa,East Africa,Rwanda

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... (

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

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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Burundi,Rwanda,Congo (DRC),East Africa,Djibouti,Ethiopia,Eritrea,Kenya,Seychelles,Somalia,Sudan,Tanzania

16 September 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

The Executive Secretary of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Dr. Francis K. Sang, has called upon all countries within the region to come up with more mechanisms and strategies to fight against the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons. RECSA is an intergovernmental body based in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together 13 countries from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region. All member states that subscribe to the centre, including Rwanda, are... (

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30 August 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

The government is to introduce new laws for acquiring guns. Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons Director David Kimaiyo has said the new laws will include stiff penalties for misuse of illegally acquired guns. Kimaiyo said there had been many cases of misuse of licensed guns but now proper vetting will be done before guns are issued. He said currently the laws dealing with licensed guns did not adequately deal with their abuse. Kimaiyo who was... (

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United States,Norway,United Kingdom,Africa,Afghanistan,Mexico

31 July 2011

Independent (UK), Opinion

In discussion of the atrocity in Norway last week, there is one subject which has been notable by the almost total silence about it: guns. In response to recurring massacres in American high schools and British villages, in response to footage from Africa and Afghanistan showing ragged, untrained young men brandishing automatic small arms, in response to a man coolly murdering dozens of youngsters in an hour-and-a-half, funfair-like shooting spree on a Norwegian island,... (

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Sierra Leone

21 July 2011 (Sierre Leone)

A Five Year National Action Plan on Small Arms was today presented at a State House ceremony attended by President Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice President Sam Sumana, Ministers and Development Partners . The Plan covering the period 2011-2015 is the Working Document of the Small Arms Commission which provides a framework detailing interventions, strategies and activities to be undertaken in regulating the manufacture, sale and use of Small Arms and Light weapons (SALW) in... (

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25 June 2011 (Ukraine)

State-run companies that are part of the Ukroboronprom Concern will destroy ammunition and weapons worth EUR 30 million under the Partnership for Peace program. The ammunition will be scrapped in the execution of an agreement between Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA). The government's resolution No 533-r ordering the signing of this agreement dated May 16 was posted on the Ukrainian parliament's Web site on... (

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22 June 2011

Observer (Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD — "It is not the weapon but the sophistication of weapon which threatens the human beings and makes the militant stronger" commented Brig (R) Muhammad Saad at a seminar on 'Proliferation of Small Arms and their Impact on Internal Security Dynamics' held in Islamabad on Friday. The speakers called for strict check on proliferation of small arms and prohibition of gun violence by restricting use of arms. Irfan Mufti of SAP-Pakistan suggested that "we should... (

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19 June 2011

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion

Every day around the world, armed violence kills approximately 2,000 people. In the Philippines, reports estimate the casualties at between 16 and 22 each day. The Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) is pleased that the Philippines is supporting an Arms Trade Treaty in the United Nations. The treaty aims to diminish and prevent the obscene human cost of the irresponsible trade in arms. However, we do not need just any Arms Trade Treaty. We need a... (

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Papua New Guinea

6 April 2011

IRIN (UN News)

PORT MORESBY - The proliferation and use of illegal guns in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is threatening security ahead of parliamentary elections slated for June 2012, and causing misery and trauma to gun crime victims, says the government. The police, the PNG Electoral Commission and the Inter Department Election Committee (IDEC), a government body overseeing election preparations, are aware of the risks in the run-up to and during the elections. "We are very much aware of... (

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12 March 2011

Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

NEW DELHI - Each year worldwide, 500,000 people are killed directly with conventional weapons and many more are injured, abused, forcibly displaced and bereaved as a result of armed violence. And 5000 Indians are killed every year due to unregulated arms trade. The movement of arms across the world is a huge threat to human security. 1,135 companies in 98 countries manufacture arms, ammunitions and components worldwide. Yet the global trade that fuels the epidemic of... (

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Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

25 February 2011

Antigua Observer

ST.GEORGE'S, Grenada – Trinidad and Tobago wants the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to adopt a declaration on the eradication of small arms in the region. Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar told reporters that the proliferation of small arms throughout the region is a major concern especially in the efforts to dealing with criminal activities. "I intend to seek approval from the heads for a declaration with respect to the small arms treaty," she said, adding... (

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Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

1 February 2011

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Despite the regulatory provisions of the Firearms and Customs Acts, there is evidence that domestic legislation has proven insufficient to combat the illegal arms trade. Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan yesterday said while domestic legislation was necessary there was greater need to collaborate with international partners to combat the proliferation of illegal firearms. Rambachan was speaking at the opening ceremony of the second regional workshop on... (

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29 January 2011

Inter Press Service News Agency

PARIS - A half a century after U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower named and denounced the military-industrial complex's ever-increasing influence on world affairs, the arms trade thrives more than ever, with African states frequently being the destination. Although figures are hard to come by, the development advocacy group Oxfam estimates that, every year, sub-Saharan African governments spend around 18 billion dollars on weapons and defence, roughly the same amount as... (

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Thailand,United States,Russia

28 January 2011

Inter Press Service News Agency

When Andrew Niccol wrote and directed the feature film "Lord of War", the story was partly inspired by the life of Viktor Bout, a Russian businessman suspected of using his air cargo company as a cover for arms dealing. While he succeeded in trading arms all over the planet – and especially in war-torn nations like Sierra Leone and Liberia - for two decades without technically breaking any international laws, Bout was finally arrested in 2008 in Thailand, as part of... (

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Venezuela,United States,Central America,Norway,Colombia,South America,West Asia,Sweden

26 January 2011

United Press International

WASHINGTON - Support for international efforts to secure an effective arms trade treaty has received boost with new European funds going into the work of leading think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Frenetic arms buying in Latin America in 2009 and last year led to diplomatic initiatives, including several from the Obama administration, to control a trend that critics said could turn into an arms race. The arms buying was fueled partly by... (

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15 January 2011

Eurasia Review

In June 2010, the representatives of all United Nations (UN) Member States came together at the Biennial Meeting of States in New York to consider the implementation of the 2001 Programme of Action (POA) on the illicit trade in small arms. The program was initiated in July 2001 to keep a check on the ever-growing illicit trade on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and to help countries, combat this pernicious problem. While the forum has worked continuously for the... (

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Vatican,United States

14 January 2011

Catholic News Service (Washington DC)

VATICAN CITY - The Catholic Church's position on gun control is not easy to find; there are dozens of speeches and talks and a few documents that call for much tighter regulation of the global arms trade, but what about private gun ownership? The answer is resoundingly clear: Firearms in the hands of civilians should be strictly limited and eventually completely eliminated. But you won't find that statement in a headline or a document subheading. It's almost hidden in... (

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3 January 2011

Deutsche Welle

Police recently searched the offices of German arms company Heckler & Koch in connection with allegedly illegal weapon exports to Mexico used in the drugs war. One manager involved in the deal has already resigned. The scandal currently embroiling Germany's biggest small arms manufacturer is becoming more and more difficult to contain. Heckler & Koch (H&K) stands accused of illegally exporting handguns and automatic rifles to embargoed regions of Mexico in the grip of... (

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22 December 2010

SIFY News (India)

STUTTGART, Germany - German police searched the offices of Heckler and Koch, a German manufacturer of premium firearms, Tuesday over suspicions that its exports of rifles to Mexico may break German arms-export laws, prosecutors in Stuttgart said. German law forbids unlicensed exports to zones of conflict. A spokeswoman said Heckler and Koch, which supplies armies, police forces and hunters worldwide with high-powered rifles and small arms, was suspected of breaching... (

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9 December 2010

Ghana News Agency

ACCRA - Mrs Trudy Kernighan, Canadian High Commissioner, on Thursday said it was important for Ghana to raise public awareness and inform the citizens about the effects of the misuse of small arms to enhance stability and security. She said the misuse of small arms fuelled conflicts contributed to violent crimes and hampered humanitarian assistance, peace building and sustainable development. Mrs Kernighan said this at the launch of a five-year strategic plan to... (

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,United States,Africa

19 November 2010

Disarmament Times (USA), Opinion

The poorly regulated global trade in conventional arms and ammunition has an enormous human cost.(1) One hundred twenty-eight armed conflicts since 1989 have resulted in at least 250,000 deaths each year. Serious injuries are even more numerous. Ratios of reported battlefield injuries to deaths vary from 2 to 28 injuries for every death. Twenty-six million people worldwide had been displaced as a result of armed conflict at the end of 2008. The top six countries of... (

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19 October 2010

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Wendy Cukier, long-time activist, has been selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians. Wendy Cukier teaches at a business school, so she understands economic imperatives – and the importance of innovation and prosperity. But for the associate dean of Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, what matters most is preserving core Canadian values around safety, equity and respect for human rights. "I firmly believe that one of the things that will... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

10 October 2010

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan says T&T is being encouraged by the United Nations to conclude a legally binding agreement to regulate the gun trade. Rambachan yesterday spoke about the regulations while addressing the United Nations Association of T&T (UNATT) which held its annual general meeting at The Normandie, St Ann's. Rambachan said T&T also called for a strong and effective implementation regime to ensure compliance with the provision of the... (

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8 October 2010

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Nepal has shown its commitment to prevent illicit trade of small arms, light weapons and their use. The commitment was put forth in a session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. "We fully support the effective implementation of the programme of action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons," said Gyan Chandra Acharya, permanent representative to the UN, at the first committee meeting of UNGA in New... (

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8 October 2010

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

Noting that the 'only purpose of a gun is to kill,' Nazire Dedeman, head of the Umut Foundation, an NGO working for individual disarmament, says she cannot understand how Turkish parliamentarians are planning to liberalize the country's gun laws. Laws allowing people as young as 18 to own up to five guns is entirely irresponsible, Dedeman says. A prospective Turkish bill that would lower the minimum age for firearms possession to 18 and make owning a gun easier is... (

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2 October 2010

Ghana News Agency

The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms on Friday destroyed 1,500 pieces of locally produced fire arms seized from people who possessed them illegally in various parts of the country. The seizure was as a result of a six-week joint exercise organised by the commission and the security agencies as part of efforts to rid the country of illicit firearms and ammunition. This brings to 3,387 the number of illicit small arms destroyed by the commission in the country... (

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United Nations,Nigeria

12 August 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

OWERRI, Nigeria — The President of Youths Enhancement Organization,(YEO), Ambassador Obinna Egbuka, has appealed to the United Nations to take decisive action to end what he termed "the irresponsible trade in conventional weapons across the globe". Obinna, who spoke in Owerri, ahead of this year's World Youths Day, said the appeal became expedient now as Nigeria grapples with increasing cases of kidnapping and armed robbery. He argued "that trade in conventional... (

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9 August 2010

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

The Police Force in Mwanza Region has destroyed 1500 illegal small arms confiscated during raids on criminals. The destruction of the arms over the weekend was sponsored by the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) in collaboration with the Japanese government. Speaking during the destruction, the RECSA executive secretary, Dr Francis Sang, said the destruction demonstrates the seriousness with which Tanzania takes the implementation of the Nairobi... (

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Central Africa

29 July 2010

Voice of America

Trafficking in small arms and light weapons is on the rise in parts of Central Africa, say regional sources from the International Action Network against Light Weapons. Members of the group say this proliferation poses an increased threat to stability in the area. Regional experts who work to combat arms trafficking recently met in Gabon to discuss the increasing threat posed by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa. Based in Central... (

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21 July 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Kenya is one of the countries that have failed to control movement of weapons, which end up being used to commit war crimes. A new report by Amnesty International shows how countries fail to control trafficking of deadly arms globally, leading to serious human rights violation. The report exposed how transport companies registered in five countries ship arms by sea and air around the world. The report, Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade... (

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21 July 2010

Deutsche Welle

A school shooting spree last year in Winnenden in which a teenager killed 15 people has prompted a German anti-weapons group to lodge a complaint with the country's constitutional court. The initiative "No murder weapons as sports weapons" has lodged a constitutional complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. Germany's weapons law, the group says, is unconstitutional and does not provide enough protection from killing sprees. The group argues that... (

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United Nations

19 July 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - The five permanent members of the Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - are accused of facilitating the transport of conventional weapons and cluster munitions to countries where they could be used to commit human rights violations and war crimes. The pointed accusations come from the London-based Amnesty International (AI) which singles out recent arms shipments by transport companies and airlines registered in the... (

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United Nations

13 July 2010

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations began negotiations on a legally binding treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade to help prevent the illegal transfer of guns that kill and injure thousands of people every day. The General Assembly first voted in December 2006 to work toward a treaty regulating the growing, multibillion dollar arms trade. Last December, the 192-member world body decided to hold a four-week U.N. conference in 2012 to draft an arms trade... (

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United Nations

12 July 2010

Voice of America

Formal negotiations began Monday on a new international treaty to control the trade of conventional weapons. More than 190 nations are taking part at U.N. headquarters in New York. Supporters of the treaty say it would save thousands of lives every year. The Control Arms Campaign, a coalition of civil society groups, says 128 armed conflicts since 1989 have claimed about 250,000 deaths each year. The campaign says since 2006, the "vast majority of governments in... (

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23 June 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

BEIJING - China and guns have a long history. The country invented gun power and developed one of the world's first guns, known as the "fire spear." Rifles played a major role in China's modern history, from the fight against the Japanese army to the Communist's victory over the Nationalists. In 1938, Mao Zedong famously said that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." That comment perhaps foreshadowed the gun control laws later implemented by Mao and the... (

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United States,United Nations

27 May 2010

Washington Times, Editorial

American gun owners might not feel besieged, but they should. This week, the Obama administration announced its support for the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. This international agreement poses real risks for freedom both in the United States and around the world by making it more difficult - if not outright illegal - for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. The U.N. claims that guns used in armed conflicts cause 300,000 deaths worldwide every year, an... (

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South Africa

23 May 2010

Independent (UK)

Premier League footballers have launched a campaign to banish guns from South Africa during the World Cup – and for the future. For the first time in the country's history, personal firearms will be banned from stadiums during the tournament. But, when the contest finishes on 11 July, guns will once again be allowed in all public places. Every year in South Africa, some 10,000 people are killed with guns. Those who have fallen victim to the country's lax gun laws... (

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15 May 2010

Daily Mail (Accra) / GNA

TAMALE - The West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA-Ghana) has warned that the country was increasingly becoming fertile grounds for the proliferations of small and light weapons, which if not checked, could create insecurity. Mr. Francis Ameyibor, National Treasurer of WAANSA said this was manifest in the several conflicts being experienced in some parts of the country especially the northern parts. Mr Ameyibor made this known in Tamale on Friday at a press... (

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Sierra Leone

14 May 2010

Awoko (Freetown)

The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) has urged the government of Sierra Leone to support the UN Firearms Protocol meeting in New York on June 18 this year. SLANSA Coordinator Florella Hazeley told reporters yesterday that the protocol is the only binding global agreement on firearms which are too easily smuggled across national borders. She added "we urge the government to review and harmonize laws on firearms and domestic violence and domestic... (

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Senegal,West Africa,Gambia,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau

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... (

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United Nations,India

10 May 2010

City News (Pakistan) / NNI

Each year around the world, 500,000 people are killed directly with conventional weapons and many more are injured, abused, forcibly displaced and bereaved as a result of armed violence. An Indian Civil Society urging for an International Arms Trade Treaty to stop the inflow of illegal small arms and light weapons in India said: "Around 58,000 Indians died due to armed violence in the last 15 years. The highest casualties have been reported from India's Northeast... (

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Central Africa,United Nations

30 April 2010

UN News Centre (New York)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted ministers from Central African nations to work towards adopting a legal instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking, a move that will help reduce violence and bring peace and security to countries in the sub-region. "The link between arms trafficking and other illicit activities is increasingly undeniable," said Mr. Ban. "Yet Central Africa remains one of the few African sub-regions without a legally binding instrument to... (

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Africa,Central Africa,East Africa

17 April 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Proliferation of guns and other light weapons has become a serious security threat. Efforts by Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia to disarm pastoralists have failed to bear fruits and the arms trade and cattle rustling continue to thrive. However, the Regional Centre On Small Arms (Recsa) plans to develop a common disarmament guideline for its 13 member States, including Kenya. Recsa Executive Secretary Francis Sang says poor co-ordination and disorganised disarmament... (

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South Africa

31 March 2010

Caledonian Mercury (Scotland)

A leading fashion designer has teamed up with football stars in a campaign to keep the World Cup in South Africa gun-free. The move comes after three people died when Togo's team bus came under machine-gun fire while on its way to the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. Katharine Hamnett has designed a T-shirt with the slogan, Don't Shoot. Among the players to wear it is the Hibernian defender Sol Bamba, who was a member of the Ivory Coast team which also... (

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24 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Kenya's pastoralists have spent Sh1.1 billion to arm themselves over the years, it was revealed on Wednesday. The figure is tallied from the number of firearms confiscated from them during the recent disarmament. The guns are used for cattle rustling in which many people are killed and livestock stolen. Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said this while the minister, Prof George Saitoti, pledged to have a law enacted, with stiffer... (

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United States

10 March 2010

Center for American Progress (USA), Report

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons is an immediate security challenge to individuals, societies, and states around the world and an enormous hurdle to sustainable security and development. Small arms fuel civil wars, organized criminal violence, and terrorist activities. They also undermine multimillion dollar development programs and other assistance to fragile states. Fragile and failing states should be of particular strategic interest to the United... (

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United Nations,United States

18 February 2010

Defense News (USA)

The United States is working with other countries and the United Nations to impose uniform controls on international sales of conventional arms. But the U.S. State Department said it is likely to be years before an Arms Trade Treaty takes effect. The United States is committed to pursuing a "robust treaty" that sets "the highest possible legally binding standards" for international sales of conventional weapons, U.S. Ambassador Donald Mahley said Feb. 18 in an address... (

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United States

9 February 2010

Star-Gazette (New York)

U.S. Rep. Eric Massa said Tuesday he has additional concerns about the use of taxpayer money to buy foreign-made weapons. During his weekly teleconference with media from Washington, D.C., Massa, D-Corning, said the United States over the past six years has become the largest purchaser of Russian and Chinese small-arms exports to equip Iraqi and Afghan forces. "To spend these amounts of monies on Kalashnikov rifles and Chinese small arms, not to mention major... (

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Côte d'Ivoire

15 January 2010

Le Patriote (Abidjan)

[Translated summary: 'Elections without Gun Violence' was launched in Abidjan at the National Commission on small arms, by Michele Pepe, president of the Cote d'Ivoire Action Network on Small Arms (RASALAO), an IANSA affiliate.] Les élections, on le sait, sont généralement sources de passion et de tension en Afrique. La Côte d'Ivoire, qui se prépare, pour l'élection présidentielle, n'échappe pas à la règle. C'est donc en connaissance de cause, que la... (

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South Africa

15 January 2010

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG - Gun control campaigners welcomed the destruction of 80 611 guns by the SA Police Service on Friday. The weapons thrown into the furnace included guns recovered through the ongoing nationwide firearm amnesty, as well as obsolete police weapons and guns previously recovered by police from crime scenes. IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) Africa said the destruction sent a positive signal to South Africans that the firearms amnesty would... (

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United Nations

10 December 2009

Reuters AlertNet, Opinion

Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland, is Honorary President of Oxfam International and heads the Ethical Globalisation Initiative. On the 55th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she calls for the creation of a new treaty to control the global trade in small arms. On this 55th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, threats of new terrorist attacks and the dangers of... (

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India,United Nations

13 November 2009

Times of India, Editorial

The past few weeks have seen a somewhat contradictory message emerging from New Delhi on the issue of arms trafficking. On the one hand, home secretary G K Pillai has stated Indian concerns about Maoists being supplied arms from China, albeit by private Chinese players rather than by Beijing. On the other, when the UN committee on disarmament and peace voted on a resolution last month calling for talks on a treaty to regulate the global conventional arms trade, India... (

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West Africa,Ghana

12 November 2009

Ghana News Agency

ACCRA — The West Africa Network of Journalists for Security and Development (WANJSD) on Wednesday commended the "Group of Nine ECOWAS Countries," for ratifying the Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), their ammunition and other related materials. Mr Francis Ameyibor, WANJSD Deputy General Secretary, stated in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Accra that considering the proliferation of SALW constituted a major destabilizing factor in West Africa,... (

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Gambia,West Africa,United Nations

9 November 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

Every year, millions around the world suffer as a result of the non-regulation of the global arms trade. This year, on 30th October, 2009 at the United Nations, after years of discussions and debates, the vast majority of governments — 153 in total — agreed on a timetable to establish a"strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the highest common standards to control international transfers of conventional arms, a press release from WANEP-Gambia stated. There... (

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Bangladesh,South Asia

9 November 2009

New Nation (Dhaka) / BSS

DHAKA — Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Sunday strongly suggested destroying all illegal arms for ensuring security and peace in the country. The Finance Minister said this while inaugurating a two-day regional seminar on small arms control in the city. He criticised candidly the practice of keeping all illegal arms and ammunition intact after capturing those from smugglers, illigaly arms traders and miscreants. "We see illegal arms and ammunition are... (

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Ghana,West Africa

3 November 2009

Ghana News Agency

ACCRA — President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday said government would soon put before Parliament the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms for ratification. To this end, government has scheduled the Convention as one of the key issues on the agenda for discussion at the next Cabinet meeting. President Mills gave the assurance in a speech read for him by Mr Cletus Avorka, Minister of the Interior, at the inauguration of the Ghana Chapter of the West Africa Action... (

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Central Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Rwanda,Somalia,Sudan,Uganda,Burundi,Congo (DRC)

3 November 2009


NAIROBI — The Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA) has decried the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes region, Horn of Africa and bordering states. RECSA Executive Secretary Francis Sang noted that the center was working in collaboration with the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa to promote disarmament. To address this problem, he said, the governments should support the national, sub-regional, regional and... (

Read More: Xinhua


United Nations

1 November 2009

Asian Tribune / Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations, which is pursuing a proposal for "a world without nuclear weapons", will soon turn its attention to another new goal in the field of disarmament: creating a legally-binding treaty on conventional arms. The proposed new treaty, which is expected to be ready for a U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2012, will regulate the global trade in conventional arms, including fighter planes, combat helicopters, unmanned aerial... (

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United Nations,United States

31 October 2009

Associated Press

A key General Assembly committee voted Friday to allow the U.N. to start negotiations on a new treaty regulating the global arms trade to help prevent the illegal transfer of guns that kill and maim thousands every day. John Duncan, Britain's ambassador for multilateral arms control and disarmament, hailed the 153-1 vote with 19 abstentions in the General Assembly's disarmament committee, saying the international community is now a major step closer to achieving a... (

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United Nations,United States

30 October 2009

Bloomberg (USA)

The Obama administration voted today to support United Nations-sponsored talks on a treaty to regulate the $55 billion-a-year trade in conventional weapons, reversing prior U.S. opposition to negotiations begun in 2006. The General Assembly, consisting of all 192 UN member governments, adopted a resolution setting out a timetable for talks during the next two years on the proposed Arms Trade Treaty, including a UN conference to produce a final accord in 2012. The vote... (

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United Nations,United States

26 October 2009

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Blog

The folks at United Nations headquarters in New York City, and our "allies" at Number 10 Downing Street in London, must be rubbing their hands with glee. Gun control groups here and abroad likewise are at last quietly cheering. Why? After a decade and a half of pushing unsuccessfully to secure America's support for a legally-binding, international instrument to regulate the marketing, transfer and brokering in firearms, they are now on the brink of success. The process... (

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United Nations

25 October 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — The impact of global weapons trafficking on children and their recruitment as fighters should be on the agenda of talks for an international Arms Trade Treaty, say United Nations experts and non-governmental organisations. Formal negotiations on the treaty have not gotten off the ground since the vast majority of U.N. member states approved a proposal to target illicit small arms trafficking three years ago. But a group of seven countries, led by... (

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Kenya,United Nations

19 October 2009

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya is pressing within the United Nations for the start of talks on a binding global treaty to restrict the illegal transfer of small arms that take scores of lives in eastern and central Africa every day. The UN's disarmament committee will decide this month whether to endorse formal negotiations on such a treaty. Continuing in the leadership role it has played on this issue for several years, Kenya has joined Britain, Japan and four other nations in sponsoring a... (

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Guinea,West Africa

17 October 2009


ABUJA, Nigeria — West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS on Saturday imposed an arms embargo against Guinea, accusing the ruling military junta for "mass human rights violations" during anti-government protests last month. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also threatened full sanctions on Niger if President Mamadou Tandja does not take immediate steps to resolve the country's political crisis. International pressure has increased for Guinea's military... (

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United Nations,Africa,United States

16 October 2009


Africa campaigners against gun violence hail the U. S. decision to join the negotiations for a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty. In a joint statement issued in Nairobi, Kenya, the campaigners also urged governments to control deadly trade in weapons. "The U. S. decision to support strong global controls on the arms trade is great news for Africa," said Joseph Dube, Africa coordinator for IANSA, the global movement against gun violence. The campaigners said U. S.... (

Read More: Xinhua


Senegal,West Africa

15 October 2009

Afrique en ligne / PANA

DAKAR, Senegal — The director of ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP), Mohamed Lamine Coulibaly, has stressed the need to build the capacity of the national commissions in order to enhance the fight against the proliferation of light and small arms in the sub-region. Speaking here Wednesday at the third annual conference of national commissions on small arms, he said that the ECOSAP had entered a critical stage of growth that would enable it, in its news plan... (

Read More: Afrique en ligne / PANA



15 October 2009

Business Mirror (Philippines)

Voting 140-3, the House of Representatives, in plenary session, approved on third and final reading on Thursday a bill that imposes stricter gun policies that licensed gun holders and enthusiasts described as the alleged revival of a Marcos-era decree to address the worsening problem on loose firearms. House Bill 6776, authored by Lakas-Kampi-CMD Rep. Pedro Romualdo of Camiguin, seeks to restore the stiff penalties for the illegal possession, manufacture and sale of... (

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United Nations

11 October 2009

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Seven countries have launched a campaign for the U.N. to start negotiations on a new treaty regulating the global arms trade to help prevent the illegal transfer of guns that kill and maim thousands every day. John Duncan, Britain's ambassador for multilateral arms control and disarmament, said the four-week meeting of the General Assembly's disarmament committee, which started Monday, will be "pivotal" in deciding whether to launch formal... (

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United Nations

8 October 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — With 2,000 people dying daily in armed violence fuelled by irresponsible arms transfers, talks to create an international treaty regulating these weapons can no longer be delayed, says a coalition of NGOs in a new report "Dying for Action" published Wednesday. While nuclear disarmament is high on the U.N. agenda these days, 90 percent of casualties in conflict areas are caused by small arms such as submachine guns, mortars and hand grenades,... (

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8 October 2009

Morung Express (Manipur), Opinion

Gun violence can be part of the cycle of intimidation and aggression that many women experience from an intimate partner. Domestic violence is a feature of every nation, irrespective of social, economic, religious or cultural preferences and settings. At least one in every three women is physically abused at least once, usually by an intimate partner, with most experiencing multiple instances of abuse. For every woman killed or physically injured by firearms, countless... (

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6 October 2009

Graphic (Ghana)

A former Technical Advisor and National Co-ordinator of the Small Arms Commission, Nana Frema Busia, has urged the Government to investigate the circumstances under which the commission was closed down and her appointment terminated by the Kufuor administration. At a press conference in Accra, Nana Frema Busia who is a daughter of former Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia, said the commission was established to mop up small arms in the country, which according to... (

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Nigeria,United Nations

28 September 2009


UNITED NATIONS — There is an urgent need for a rejuvenated fight against trafficking in small arms, a top Nigerian diplomat said at the General Assembly here Monday, stressing the ties between that trade and piracy and oil smuggling in the Niger Delta. "The proliferation of small arms in West Africa is fast turning the region into a major transit point for illicit drugs, thus also facilitating the growth of criminal syndicates, some with enough firepower to... (

Read More: Xinhua



20 September 2009

Economic Times (India)

Growing up, Binalakshmi Nepram's understanding of 'normal' was different. In Manipur, combing operations by the Army, arrests, detentions, shootouts and drug addicts in the family were considered normal. Her outlook changed only when she moved to Delhi for higher studies. But the 34-year-old never forgot the world she left behind. She founded the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) five years ago which offers financial and emotional support to women who've lost... (

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West Africa,Czech Republic

18 September 2009

United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) DC/3190, Media release

NEW YORK — Small arms experts from West African nations gathered in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, from 14 to 18 September to participate in a capacity-building workshop focusing on implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. United Nations Member States adopted the document, also known as the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), as a tool to... (

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United States,United Nations

15 September 2009

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh), Editorial

Conventional arms control, United Nations-style, won't stem the proliferation of guns that get into the wrong hands. More likely, it will only make bad situations worse. The United States was one of only two nations that voted against the U.N. resolution last year. Its support among member states could advance a legally binding U.N. treaty creating "common international standards" for the import and export of small arms and light weapons. The trouble is, rogue... (

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United Nations

11 September 2009

United Nations

MEXICO CITY — Taking weapons out of the hands of those who used them would help save lives everywhere, but that alone would not stop the thriving global arms trade and make the planet safer, Alfredo Ferrariz Lubang, Regional Representative of the Bangkok-based Nonviolence International South East Asia, said as the sixty-second annual DPI/NGO Conference continued in Mexico City this morning. Speaking during a round-table discussion titled "Removing the Tools of Armed... (

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10 September 2009


NAIROBI — The UN reckons there are some 500m small arms in circulation around the world. At least 70m are Kalashnikovs. The Soviet-designed automatic assault rifle, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, was first manufactured in 1947 (hence its commonest version, the AK-47). Its compactness and durability have made it Africa's killing weapon of choice since the 1980s, despite its inaccuracy. These days, the continent has all of the score of Kalashnikov variants, including the... (

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East Africa,Central Africa

7 September 2009

East African (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Countries from the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa are to harmonise their laws to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. "In order to address the problem effectively, we have resolved to harmonise our laws so that we can rein in the culprits. Our state arms are being marked to help in tracing them if they fall into the wrong hands," Tanzania Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Dominic Hayuma said. The harmonisation programme... (

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27 August 2009

Zimbabwean / Nyasa Times

Malawi is suffering from persistent attacks of gun violence involving small arms from neighbouring countries and within, Minister of Internal Affairs, Aaron Sangala (pictured) says there is need to put in place a National Policy and a National Action Plan to curb the proliferation of firearms. Sangala said the policy will guide decision making in the way the government would like to tackle issues of small arms and light weapons. "I am aware that the Drafting of the... (

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27 August 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The Kenya government has started harmonising crime laws to boost the war on small arms. Solicitor-general Wanjuki Muchemi said the Organised Crime Bill, Terrorism Bill and International Crime Bill are being amended to help combat crime. The changes include harsher penalties for illegal possession of guns, he said, adding that the amendments also seek to address the misuse of firearms by police officers. Light weapons "As a commitment to addressing transnational... (

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West Africa

26 August 2009

Voice of America

DAKAR — West African countries are working to stem the flow of illegal weapons linked to years of conflict and illegal drug trafficking. The Economic Community of West African States is working to reduce the number of illegal weapons in the region. Mohamed Lamine Coulibaly heads the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Program. He says it is a problem linked to both good governance and poverty that is too broad for any individual country to tackle alone. "We have to take... (

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Ghana,West Africa

23 August 2009

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

Ghana will host the sub-regional ECOWAS Small Arms Programme (ECOSAP) in Accra on Monday. The two-day programme will identify armed violence reduction projects in member states. The Accra meeting will also update, review and plan National Commission (NATCOM) activities in line with benchmarks that have been set in the past. In a statement, ECOSAP Policy, Advocacy and Communication Officer, Oluwafisan Bankale, said the meeting seeks to build the capacity of civil... (

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United States,Mexico,Central America,United Nations

22 August 2009

Green Bay Gazette (Wisconsin), Opinion

DALLAS — CIFTA — the 1997 small-arms trafficking treaty drafted with the help of the Clinton administration — is bad as a matter of principle and policy. When the United Nations tried to get the Bush administration to push the treaty through the Senate, it refused. John Bolton, then undersecretary of state for arms control, said the United States would reject any effort to regulate trade in non-military arms or any treaty that would "abrogate the constitutional... (

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Sierra Leone

23 July 2009

Awoko (Freetown)

Members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defense and Presidential Affairs on Tuesday ended a day seminar on Disarming Domestic Violence and the Bill on Arms and Ammunition at the Parliament Building in Freetown. The seminar was organized by the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) in collaboration with Action Aid Sierra Leone (AASL). Giving an overview of the seminar, SLANSA Coordinator, Florella Hazeley said domestic violence in Sierra Leone... (

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United Nations

16 July 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations concluded an open-ended working group for an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Thursday, part of a lengthy and politically contentious process to nail down a basic framework for curbing deadly illegal weapons sales. "An open-ended working group in the U.N. is where all states can come to a meeting, it's an open invitation," Amnesty International spokesperson Brian Wood explained to IPS. "They are trying to get a better idea of... (

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United States,United Nations

9 July 2009

US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, Media release

The United States is pleased to join in observing International Small Arms Destruction Day, initiated by the United Nations in 2001, as part of the United States' ongoing efforts to reduce armed violence and support the rule of law around the world. Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has invested over $110 million dollars to help destroy over 1.3 million small arms and 50,000 tons of ammunition and other conventional weapons... (

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Ghana,United Nations

7 July 2009

Ghana News Agency

Mr Cletus Avoka, Minister for the Interior, on Tuesday said Ghana had a moral obligation to support other states on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that would ensure responsibility and fairness in the import, export, trans-shipment and transit of conventional weapons. He said that support would also ensure the guarantee of human rights including the economic, political and social rights of persons around the world. In a speech read for him at a day's seminar in Accra to... (

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United Nations,Rwanda,Central Africa,East Africa,Southern Africa

3 July 2009

United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs / UNODA (New York), Media release

Rwanda will host a United Nations regional meeting on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons for States of the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa, on 8 and 9 July, in Kigali, the capital. The meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and in collaboration with the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light... (

Read More: United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs / UNODA (New York)


Ghana,United Nations

29 June 2009

Daily Graphic (Ghana)

The West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) has expressed grave concern over the misuse of arms worldwide. A statement issued by WAANSA to mark the Global Week of Action which fell from June 15-21, 2009, said armed violence and misuse of illicit small arms and light weapons continued to pose a serious challenge in Ghana. The week of action is set aside for civil society around the world to undertake activities aimed at calling the attention of governments to... (

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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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Tanzania,United Nations

27 June 2009

Arusha Times

ARUSHA — The government of Tanzania through Tanzania National Action Network on Small Arms (TANANSA), together with the international community of 80 countries, is taking action against the proliferation of conventional arms in order to make the world a safer place to live in. The country joined the global week of action against gun violence, organized by the International Action Network on Small Arms on June 15-21. The campaign was meant to draw government's... (

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Papua New Guinea

26 June 2009

National (Port Moresby)

PORT MORESBY — Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi has called on all parliamentarians, especially MPs from the Highlands, to support him when he presents the gun committee report to Parliament next month. The report, with 244 recommendations on how to stop the escalation of gun violence, was completed in 2005 — and still remains outside Parliament four years later, according to Mr Rambi. He claimed said some Members of Parliament would not support him because... (

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Oceania,United Nations,Australia,New Zealand,Fiji,Solomon Islands,Papua New Guinea

25 June 2009

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave), Audio

The United Nations is working to halt the daily toll of one-thousand people around the world killed by small arms. The job of halting the toll taken by small illegal weapons has now been placed in the hands of United Nations Ambassador, Pablo Macedo. Ambassador Macedo is Chair Designate for next year's United Nations Biennial Meeting of States on Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. Speaker: United Nations Ambassador, Pablo Macedo Windows media (audio... (

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Gambia,Cabo Verde,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau

25 June 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The Ministry of the Interior in partnership with the ECOWAS Small Arms and Light Weapons Programme (ECOSAP), last Tuesday began a two-day meeting on ECOSAP Cluster "A" review and planning for national commissions on small arms and light weapons, held at the Jerma Beach Hotel in Kololi. The meeting which comprised of delegates from Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia, is organized within the framework of the sub-regional initiative, spearheaded by... (

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Oceania,United Nations

24 June 2009

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave) / Pacific Beat, Audio

Guns have the potential to create chaos, economic damage and social disruption in the Pacific. That is the message heard at a 2-day meeting of Pacific Island officials that has just wound up in Sydney. The meeting, jointly sponsored by Australia and the United Nations Disarmament Office, looked at the scale of the problem and initiatives to tackle it. Speakers: Ambassador Pablo Macedo, Chair-Designate, UN small arms Programme of Action Associate Professor Philip... (

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Sierra Leone,United Nations

22 June 2009

Concord Times (Freetown)

FREETOWN — Policy makers, including members of parliament, representatives from various ministries of government, the military, police and civil society organizations Wednesday discussed the arms trade treaty as bedrock to the maintenance of peace and stability in the country. The roundtable conference was organized by the Sierra Leone Network on Small Arms, SLANSA as part of this year's global week of action in raising awareness campaign for better gun laws and push... (

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Solomon Islands,Australia,United Nations

22 June 2009

Solomon Star (Honiara)

Solomon Islands is among countries taking part in the regional meeting on small arms in Sydney, Australia, starting today. The United Nations meeting on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects for States of the Pacific region will be held today and tomorrow. The United Nations Office organizes the meeting for Disarmament Affairs, including its Regional Centre for Peace and... (

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Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

21 June 2009

Leadership (Abuja)

ABUJA — The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Nigeria chapter, has called on government to express vocal support for a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in a move to broaden the base of the national assault against gun violence with reference to the restive Niger Delta region. The group's president, Mr. Dickson Orji, who made this call at a briefing to mark the global week of action on small arms and light weapons, said the call is coming as... (

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)



19 June 2009

Namibian, Opinion

Just last week, Namibians learned of a tragic incident which has become all too common in our newspapers and on our televisions. In Ovitoto, the alleged ongoing domestic abuse of Paulina Kenamuni by her boyfriend Julius 'Namab' Dausab culminated in tragedy. Late on Wednesday, June 3, Dausab allegedly murdered both Paulina and her mother, Elfrieda Kenamuni, with a hunting rifle. Around the world, it is easier to be banned from driving than to be banned from possessing... (

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Sierra Leone

18 June 2009

Awoko (Freetown)

As the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) commenced their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, they have raised awareness and campaign for better gun laws and push for stronger regulations of the Global Arms Trade. At a round table discussion with Policy makers, on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Conference hall, SLANSA Coordinator Florella Hazeley stated that the celebration of the week started in 2001... (

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18 June 2009

Telegraph (Nepal)

KATHMANDU — In the year 2008-2009, three years after the Maoists gave up bullets and embraced to the practice of ballots, crime in the country instead of taking a down turn surprisingly increased at an alarming rate. In the State led and non state led violence combined, some five hundred forty people were killed and more than seven hundred people were abducted across the country. Only few weeks after the data was revealed to the pubic by a non-governmental... (

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Gambia,United Nations

17 June 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, organised by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) runs from 15-21 June 2009. In the course of this period, events are held in over 80 countries across the world, aimed at drawing attention to the human costs associated with proliferation and misuse of guns. Campaigners in The Gambia are also in the thick of things, joining their colleagues around the world in demanding effective policies to stem the... (

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14 June 2009

Republica (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU — Conflict analysts studying impacts of small arms on Nepal's peace process have concluded that Nepal is seriously suffering from proliferation of small arms. It is estimated that there are around 55,000 small arms across the country at present. At a program jointly organized by International Action Network on Small Arms, SAPA-Nepal and IHRICON on the occasion of Week of Action Against Gun Violence in the capital on Sunday, conflict experts said... (

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Nigeria,West Africa

9 June 2009

Daily Sun (Lagos)

KADUNA — The Economic Community of West African States has called for imposition of heavy sanctions on any member-state that violates the United Nations treaty on the stockpile of small arms and ammunition. Speaking in Kaduna on Monday, at a five-day workshop on the "Stockpile of Arms and Ammunition Management and Security" held at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Head, ECOWAS Small Arms Unit, Dr. Agrekethom Cyriaque said if state-owned weapons were not... (

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United Nations,South America,Africa

7 June 2009

Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

Amid the media frenzy and speculation over the disappearance of Air France's ill-fated Flight 447, the loss of two of the world's most prominent figures in the war on the illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking has been virtually overlooked. Pablo Dreyfus, a 39-year-old Argentine who was travelling with his wife Ana Carolina Rodrigues aboard the doomed flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, had worked tirelessly with the Brazilian authorities to stem the... (

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Sierra Leone

28 May 2009

Awoko (Freetown)

The Assistant Inspector General of Police Eastern Region Al-Shek Kamara has disclosed that the rate at which light weapon and small arms are entering through the porous borders of the country is very alarming. He also stated that most of these weapons are found within the Gola Forest chiefdoms in the region. The AIG east made this disclosure while addressing Traditional rulers, civil society and other stakeholders in the eastern region during a one day consultative... (

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24 May 2009

New Sudan Vision, Opinion

Sudan as a whole is and will continue to be in oddities from the post-conflict spilt over small arms and their misuse for quite sometime. If we, however, inject some science in this scenario in order to define and justify this eccentricity, it would be logical to see the inter-tribal small arms' conflict as after-shock from the aftermath of the twenty one years of a brutal war with each other. These definitions and many others will help us find the solutions to... (

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Guinea-Bissau,West Africa

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... (

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21 May 2009

Ethiopian Review / IRIN (UN News)

TURMI — Zuga Sherdo grew up in a community that was constantly fighting its neighbours in southern Ethiopia. As a young Malee man, he lived through conflict between his community and the Bena, Tsemai and Ari, in which his uncle's family killed his brother and his father's clan killed his mother's relatives. "My community was always in bloody [conflict] with neighbours," he said. "I was born from a Bena mother, but was fighting members of that community." This year,... (

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West Africa,Europe

7 May 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The European Union (EU) said it is collaborating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to halt illegal circulation of small arms in the sub-region. EU's Head of Mission in Nigeria Denis Thiulin said at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja that the European Commission (EC) will support the ECOWAS in the control small arms and programmes that would enhance regional transport and agriculture. He said the EC is also making effort to address the... (

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4 May 2009

News (Karachi), Editorial

The high level meeting held in Karachi to discuss the latest outbreak of violence there raised some highly relevant points. As the prime minister noted while presiding over the meeting, a key priority must be to call a tripartite meeting of the PPP, the MQM and the ANP to discuss the measures that need to be taken. But perhaps the key point to emerge from the meeting was the call to remove all illegal arms from Karachi. This is indeed a vital need. The enormous number... (

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20 April 2009

Informer (Monrovia)

The Liberia Action Network on Small Arms (LANSA), an organization fighting against the proliferation of small arms in the country has launched another campaign in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. According to the organizers, LANSA's campaign on small arms control is geared toward conscientizing the people on the danger of small arms and its proliferation in the country. Catholic prelate and chairperson of the organization, Rev. Fr. Anthony Borwah addressing a cross-section of... (

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