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Brokering Control


: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2008 and 2010 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: 2008, 2010
: The Rwanda National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons
: rnfp2003@yahoo.com, kayirec70@yahoo.fr

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

SALW in Rwanda are governed by the Decree nº 12/79 of 7 May 1979 on Firearms and Ammunitions, and the Presidential Decree nº 111/02 of May 1979 on the ways of executing decree nº 12/79. This decree was modified by law nº 13/2000 of 14/06/2000.



National Marking Practices:

The government of Rwanda through the Rwanda National Focal Point together with Rwanda National Police in 2007 started the process of marking government firearms and private owned firearms. In December 2008, the Government of Rwanda received 2 modern arms marking machines from RECSA. After the training of 20 Army and Police officers on the use and maintenance of these machines, the Police Central Firearms Registry has been able to mark 3,000 police owned firearms to date. The marking exercise started with Police firearms in Kigali City District Police Units and will be extended to Province and District Police Units countrywide. The marking exercise will also target firearms held by prison guards, national parks game rangers, private security companies and licensed civilians.

Marking at the time of import:

Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW within their territory:

In 2007, an electronic central fire arms registry has been established for the administration and maintenance of the National Police database, with the support of RECSA. The East African Community (EAC) - GTZ Small Arms Project provided substantial financial assistance for the procurement of adequate equipment for the establishment of the database. Under the same project, a number of police officers were trained on its maintenance and management. The Army, National Police, Prison Service and National Parks Service each has its own database and recordkeeping system. The Ministry of Internal Security holds the record of explosives imported for the mining industry.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Marking and registration of firearms is a priority for Rwanda but a lack of financial resources remains a challenge and capacity building is required.