International trade controls

Many of the small arms which are legally sold or transferred later find their way onto the illegal market and into the hands of abusers or criminals. Both the state-sanctioned trade and the illicit trade in arms must be tackled, in order to prevent irresponsible use of arms and the terrible human cost that follows.

Measures to improve regulation of the international export, transit and import of weapons include:

- an effective global Arms Trade Treaty, the goal of the Control Arms Campaign

- strong national regulation on arms brokering activities, including transport and finance

- greater transparency in the reporting of international transfers (eg including small arms transfers in reports to the UN Register of Conventional Arms)

Últimas noticias

Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP) has issued a paper on 'Managing Land Borders and the Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons'.

'Controller les Armes', a new book on the reality of irresponsible arms trade with a preface by Lilian Thuram, retired footballer and supporter of the Control Arms Campaign, has been published by Amnesty international France.

The Small Arms Survey has released a new report 'Small Arms in Brazil: Production, Trade, and Holdings' which surveys Brazil’s small arms manufacturers, and provides detailed information on production, sales, and the domestic and export markets.

On 8 October SEESAC organised a roundtable in the Serbian National Assembly. The aim of the event was to build capacity among Serbian Members of Parliament (MPs) to oversee arms exports.

The Autumn 2010 issue of the Ploughshares Monitor is now available. This issue focuses on armed conflict and armed violence and includes articles by Ken Epps on the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, and by Maribel Gonzales on gender and the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

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Gracias a Orlidy Inoa, activista a favor del desarme e investigadora sobre temas de seguridad y control de armas y mujer de IANSA de la Republica Dominicana por compartir este articulo