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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2008 4:54:16 AM
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Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 3:04:25 AM
Keyword: Arms Trade Treaty
Title: Arab leaders urged to rethink UN arms treaty

Amnesty International has urged Arab governments to rethink their position on regulating global arms deals after officials did not support a draft United Nations resolution designed to clamp down on the weapons trade. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Syria, Iraq and Egypt were among 18 countries to abstain from a vote in the UN’s disarmament committee over drafting a legally binding arms trade treaty. Brian Wood, a spokesman for Amnesty International, urged Arab leaders to vote in favour of the resolution when it appears again before the General Assembly next month. The ATT advocate said Arab officials had likely abstained from the vote over concerns that a global arms treaty would be used to prevent the region’s governments from supplying their own armies. “There are a lot of fears that a treaty would be used to prejudice imports for self defence or law enforcement using criteria such as international human rights law,” Mr Wood said. The Amnesty spokesman said a treaty would only prohibit arms deals to regimes perpetrating “a pervasive pattern of gross violations” against their people and would not be used against such peaceful countries as the UAE. (The National, United Arab Emirates)

Source: The National, United Arab Emirates
Date of Issue: 05 November
Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 3:00:39 AM
Keyword: Amnesty Programme
Title: Philippine National Police mulls restricting ‘amnesty’ to legit gun owners

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking to limit coverage of its gun amnesty program to licensed firearms owners who failed to renew their licenses, an official said Thursday. Senior Superintendent Danilo Maligalig, operations management chief of the PNP Firearms and Explosive Division (FED), said the planned “administrative amnesty” would replace the existing PNP gun amnesty program, which he admitted has loopholes. Maligalig admitted that under the existing gun amnesty program, the number of loose firearms increased. For the second quarter of this year, the number of loose firearms increased to 115,000 compared to the 108,000 in the first quarter of this year. Maligalig attributed this increase to gun smugglers taking advantage of the gun amnesty to ship in high-powered firearms to the country. (Inquirer, Philippines)

Source: Inquirer, Philippines
Date of Issue: 13 November

Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:59:24 AM
Keyword: Proliferation of Small Arms
Title: Timor-Leste: Security concerns over guns in civilian hands

Poor management of government weapon stockpiles and an unknown number of small arms in the hands of civilians were potential triggers for violence in the fledgling nation, according to a new report. Since the 1959 Viqueque rebellion, when anti-imperialist rebels stole Portuguese weapons and launched an unsuccessful coup, civilians have used weapons from government stores to wreak havoc in the tiny nation, according to the Small Arms Survey report, “Dealing with the kilat [gun]: an historical overview of small arms availability and control in Timor-Leste”. In recent years, the number of weapons in civilian hands has increased as members of government, the police and military have given them out to allied groups. (Integrated Regional Information Networks)

Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks
Date of Issue: 12 November

See also the report:
Dealing with the kilat (guns)
Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:56:42 AM
Keyword: National Legislation
Title: Guatemala Congress for Arms Control

The Guatemalan Congress will approve Tuesday the Law for the Control of Arms and Munitions, amid sharpened controversy between business and civil society. The aim of the initiative is to regulate the sale and illegal possession of those devices, considered here one of the main factors of the death of about 5,000 inhabitants. In addition to the illegal use of almost one million rifles, pistols and shotguns, the current legislation has too many spaces in which people can accumulate information without violating rules. With this new project, the country will announce measures to impede the indiscriminate sale of ammunition, restrict the number of licenses to each citizen and increase requirements. Business people dedicated to weapons import reject those rules and request that deputies have absolute freedom for this kind of trade. The Law of Arms and Munitions has been under discussion in the Congress for over four years. (Prensa Latina)

Source: Prensa Latina{9C300875-96BC-4A00-8652-19B1BB05F67A})&language=EN
Date of Issue: 04 November

Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:54:18 AM
Keyword: Arms Trafficking
Title: Blackwater faces big fine over illegal arms shipment

The State Department is preparing to slap a multimillion-dollar fine on private military contractor Blackwater USA for shipping hundreds of automatic weapons to Iraq without permits. Some of the weapons are believed to have ended up on the country's black market, department officials said, but no criminal charges have been filed in the case. The expected fine is the result of a long-running federal investigation into whether employees of the firm shipped weapons hidden in shrink-wrapped pallets from its Moyock, N.C., headquarters to Iraq, where Blackwater is the State Department's largest personal security contractor. Since the arms shipment allegations first became public 14 months ago, Blackwater has consistently denied involvement in illicit arms trafficking. (, Houston)

Source:, Houston
Date of Issue: 13 November
Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:53:16 AM
Keyword: Gun Sales
Title: Fears of a Democratic crackdown lead to boom in US gun sales

Gun enthusiasts nationwide are stocking up on firearms out of fears that the combination of an Obama administration and a Democrat-dominated Congress will result in tough new US gun laws. "I think they're going to really try to crack down on guns and make it harder for people to try to purchase them," said Rachel Smith, 32, who taught all five of her children — ages 4 to 10 — to shoot because the family relies on game for food. Last month, as an Obama win looked increasingly inevitable, there were than 108,000 more background checks for gun purchases than in October 2007, a 15 percent increase. And they were up about 8 percent for the year as of Oct. 26, according to the FBI. No data was available for gun purchases this week, but gun shops from suburban Virginia to the Rockies report record sales since Tuesday's election. "They're scared to death of losing their rights," said David Hancock, manager of Bob Moates, where sales have nearly doubled in the past week and are up 15 percent for the year. (AP).

Source: AP
Date of Issue: 07 November

Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:50:36 AM
Keyword: Small Arms Trade
Title: Zimbabwe barters 3.5 tonnes of ivory for guns

The 3.5 tonnes of ivory sold for over US$450,000 by the bankrupt Zimbabwe regime of Robert Mugabe to Chinese buyers in Harare on Monday is thought to have been part payment for military hardware set to be flown into the Zimbabwean capital soon, top official sources said. Worth almost USD15 million, the one-off sale has been okayed by the Geneva-based secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) amid protests from wildlife rights groups. News of the illicit guns-for-ivory deal has rekindled fears among wildlife organisations that the Zimbabwean government's official claim to be a protector of the elephant is a sham. The bartering of ivory for military hardware comes amid a military embargo on the Mugabe regime banning gunrunning with the rest of the Western world. An acute foreign exchange crunch has forced the government to barter its stockpiles instead of paying cash for ammunition from China. (ZimDaily, Zimbabwe)

Source: ZimDaily, Zimbabwe
Date of Issue: 07 November

Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:47:58 AM
Keyword: Proliferation of Small Arms
Titile: Experts worried about proliferation of small arms in West Africa

Security experts in West Africa are still worried about what they describe as high proliferation of small arms and light weapons in many unauthorized hands in the sub-region. They describe the situation as worrisome, especially in the era of delicate elections in the sub-region, adding that small arms and light weapons could facilitate illicit activities such as narcotics trade, organized crime and brute violence. They mentioned some of the countries where small arms and light weapons had been used to cause mass destruction and undermine development as Sierra Leone, the Niger Delta in Nigeria, Liberia and some parts of Ghana. (Daily Graphic)

Source: Daily Graphic
Date of Issue: 20 November

Topic: November 2008
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:46:36 AM
Keyword: Capacity Building
Title: Small and light weapons danger to achieving MDGs in West Africa

The easy accessibility to small arms and light weapons could thwart the West-African sub-region's critical agenda to consolidate peace and the prospects of achieving the MDGs. The key to the success of consolidating peace is for players in the sub-region to consistently coordinate their responses in tackling the proliferation of small arms to engender human security and sustainable development, Daouda Toure, Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, said on Monday. He said this in a speech read for him at the opening of a two-week pilot course on small arms and light weapons for 30 participants from the sub-region at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra. The course, which is supported by the Government of Japan, is part of a three-year programme targeting the National Commission for Small Arms and Light Weapons of ECOWAS countries to build the capacity of their staff in controlling small arms and light weapons proliferation. It is a joint project of the Japanese government, UNDP and the government of Ghana. (Ghana News Agency)

Source: Ghana News Agency
Date of Issue: 17 November

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