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The Group for Research and Information on Peace (GRIP) and RAPACODIBU, IANSA members in Belgium and Burundi have published interviews they held with former female combatants in Burundi. They highlight issues around the reintegration of these women, and discuss women’s motivation for joining armed rebel groups and the potential risk that they will return. Read them here

Les associations et organisations belges francophones membres du RAIAL (Réseau d’Action international sur les Armes Légères) ont adressé aujourd’hui aux membres du Comité ministériel wallon restreint, aux parlementaires wallons et aux présidents de partis

IANSA member Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) have released a new report on ‘Ammunition controls, the ATT, and Africa: Challenges, requirements, and scope for action’.

The 2005 EU Strategy against small arms proliferation is critically analysed in a new report from the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP).

The Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA) held its first annual general assembly in Bangui, Central African Republic from 13 November – 3 December. Nearly 40 members from 11 Central African countries attended the meeting

A new report by Groupe de Recherche et d`Information sur la Paix et la Sécurité (GRIP) finds that states are the main suppliers of arms, either directly or indirectly, to non-state actors.

Summary report of the 14 July side event 'Looking Back to Move Forward: experiences from implementing arms transfers policies for an Arms Trade Treaty', co-organized by IKV Pax Christi and Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP) during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

A new report on the connection between small arms and perceptions of insecurity among the population in Eastern DR Congo was launched in Kinshasa on 22 June.

Xavier Zeebroek has been appointed as the new director of Brussels-based GRIP (Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security).

As the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations begin, UN Member States will need to define categories of materials and transfers concerned, determine parameters of application and especially how to incorporate human rights within the Treaty.