1103 NEWS on SMALL ARMS – March 2011

Africa gets stronger on the International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN!

At the UN in New York, the 1st March 2011, was devoted to the parameters of ATT. France, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, but also Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal said that ... "the paper presented to States on the future ATT will not be of much utility if it is not consolidated”. Their statements sound like a practical response to the violence caused by an insufficient control in international arms transfers. The ATT, that will be the first major treaty of the XXI century, will be a concrete indication of the new power of African states. Until now, the continent could feel neglected or even on the sidelines because of a persistent differential between the international community’s discourse and its practical commitment on the field of arms control.

(en français, entrée du 3/3/11) http://armerdesarmer.wordpress.com/


Report on armed violence prevention in Burundi

A report on the ‘Action, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Prevention and Control of Armed Violence in Burundi’ by IANSA member Colonie des Pioniers de Développement (CPD) has been published on their website.



Blog on the ATT negotiations in French

Armer Désarmer

The new blog ‘Armer Desarmer’ provides information and reports from the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations in French, and pictures from events during the ATT Preparatory Committee which took place at the UN from 28 February to 4 March.



Crisis Group report on Ivory Coast

L-R: Gbagbo, Quattara Photo: The New dispensation

Crisis Group has issued a report on Cote d’Ivoire and the risk of an outbreak of armed conflict involving massive violence against civilians. It includes recommendations for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and neighbouring countries to prevent delivery of arms and ammunition in violation of the current embargo on and provide surveillance of the border to prevent the passage of mercenaries and weapons.



ATT PrepCom concludes

The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded on 4 March. On 2 March, ‘Saving Lives: Preventing Gun Violence through the Arms Trade Treaty’, an event organised by IANSA, Amnesty International and ForUM, was attended by more than 120 people, including delegates from more than 20 UN Member States. Statements and analysis of the PrepCom by members of Control Arms are available from the Reaching Critical Will website. The forthcoming IANSA UN Bulletin will contain more details on IANSA specific themes including: small arms; ammunition; gender; and international cooperation and assistance.



DR Congo - 24,000 foreign ex-combatants repatriated since 2002

More than 24,000 foreign ex-combatants have been demobilised and repatriated from the DR Congo by the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) since 2002. Last year, 1,165 foreign ex-combatants surrendered to the Mission’s programme for ‘Disarmament, Demobilisation, Repatriation, Reintegration and Resettlement’ (DDR/RR). Most of these had been combatants from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a militia group known to have recruited children as soldiers. 645 child soldiers were among the demobilised ex-combatants.



Arms transfers control in French-speaking States of sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa, perhaps more than elsewhere, the lack of common international standards on arms transfers fuel armed violence, whether in war or in crime, and represents a serious obstacle to economic and social development. While the UN Member States are now engaged in negotiating an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), this GRIP Report provides an overview of the national regulations and practices in the French-speaking States of sub-Saharan Africa. It shows that, in general, these countries do not rely on transfers control systems in line with the current realities of the international arms trade. The lack of transparency and the deficiencies of these systems (or their inexistence) have, on several occasions, facilitated irresponsible or even illegal arms transfers. Nevertheless, many African sub-regions have recently adopted ambitious legal instruments to control small arms and light weapons. These regional instruments can have an important influence in the discussions on the ATT. Finally, the report highlights the challenges that the ATT poses for these countries.

Report [2010-5_EN]


Kenya - KANSA calls for commitment to the Nairobi Declaration  

In view of the preparation by the Government of Kenya to mark the 11th anniversary of the Nairobi Declaration on 15 March, the Kenya Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) held a consultative meeting. The aim was to review the situation of small arms proliferation in the country and legal frameworks to manage and control it. The observations made in the meeting were presented in a press release. Included in this is a recommendation to the government, urging it to “Fully commit to and implement the Nairobi Declaration and the Nairobi Protocol with specific reference to the ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ tool, and to the United Nations Programme of Action on Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPOA)”.


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