Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Armed violence and development

The Youth Network of Religions For Peace pledged at a seminar in Buenos Aires to collect 50 million signatures worldwide calling for governments to reduce military expenditure by 10% and stop firearms proliferation, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

International trade controls

A report into the massacre at Conakry in Guinea has found that weak arms control standards in Europe and Africa contributed to the events of last September, when 156 people were killed or disappeared, and at least 109 women were subjected to sexual violence.

Illicit arms brokering was under review at a two-day regional seminar in Bangkok, organised by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD).

International trade controls

Small arms transfers are examined by Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, in a new book, Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations, edited by Mark Gibney and Sigrun Skogly (published by Pennsylvania Press).

National gun laws

A change in US federal law makes it legal to carry a firearm in most National Parks.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.