Gabon signs UN Firearms Protocol

On 22 September Gabon signed the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) applauded the accession and said “Trafficking in firearms in Central Africa is fuelling conflict … and increases the risk of violence against women and the recruitment of child soldiers”. He added “Without peace and security, development cannot take root and grow. This makes halting illicit trade in firearms all the more urgent”.