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)

Latest news

British arms dealer Gary Hyde was arrested last month in the US charged with conspiring to illegally export almost 6,000 Chinese-produced AK-47 magazines to the US in breach of an American embargo.

The Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) is calling for “deep and fast” reform of the process for arms export licensing in the Walloon region of Belgium . In June 2009 the Walloon Government granted an export licence for 2000 FN 303 anti-riot guns to Libya.

Amnesty International and campaigners worldwide are calling on their governments to immediately impose an arms embargo on Libya because firearms and other weapons have reportedly been used for serious violations of international human rights law.

GRIP has released an English version of the report “Arms transfers control - The example of the French-speaking States of sub-Saharan Africa ”.

IANSA had an active presence at this year’s World Social Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal from 6 to 11 February.

Latest resources

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.

This week, UN member states are gathering in New York for the fourth session of preparatory committee (PrepCom) meetings on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

This document outlines recommendations that would strengthen areas of the Arms Trade Treaty that have the potential to control and reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition. The inclusion of these is vital if the Arms Trade Treaty is to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injury to people around the world.

This brand new briefing paper gives an overview of the differences between the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Amnesty International has compiled this short paper outlining key elements for implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Summary report of the 14 July side event 'European Defence Industry Perspectives on the ATT', organised by ASD: Aerospace and Defence and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

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.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the fourth day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the third day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the third day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011. 

Summary report of the 13 July Side Event, “The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through compliance and enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty” Organised by The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amnesty International and IANSA at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July 11-15.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the second day of the 3rd Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report on the 12 July 2011 Side Event, “An Implementation Framework for an effective Arms Trade Treaty”, organized by Saferworld in association with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Australia and Zambia, during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July 11-15 2011

Summary report of the side event "Import, Transit and Transhipment Controls in an ATT", sponsored by the Swedish Mission to the UN and the Stockholm Peace Institute, on the second day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the second day of the 3rd Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

A summary report of the side event "Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty", co-organised by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Monday, 11th of July at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

A new report from The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society and the Swedish Committee for Sri Lanka exposes the effects of the international arms trade on the war in Sri Lanka.

A provisional Programme of Work for the third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), 11-15 July 2011, is now available here.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook for 2011 is now out.

This article was written by IANSA Women's Network coordinator Sarah Masters for the openDemocracy website and makes the case for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that protects women by linking to the existing binding international instruments covering gender-based violence.
 

The Woodrow Wilson Center has released an update on their 2010 report  “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico: New Data and Insights Illuminate Key Trends and Challenges”.

The Norwegian Peace Association has published a new report on arms races and the effects of the global arms trade in the Global South.

This report by the UN Secretary-General was submitted to the UN Security Council to bring them up to date on issues that were presented to them in the 2008 SG report on Small Arms

This article, written by IANSA woman Rebecca Gerome, was originally published on Atlantic.Community.org.

Cette édition contient: les dernières nouvelles du bureau de New York, les détails sur la récente session du Comité  préparatoire sur le commerce des armes et sur la Commission des Nations Unies de  la condition de la femme ainsi que les événements à venir.

"Mapping the Labyrinth: more on the strange weapons flight of 4L-AWA", written by TransArms and International Peace Information Service, is the third in a series of reports about the case of a IL-76 aircraft used for an apparently clandestine arms flight from Pyongyang in contravention of the United Nations arms embargo on North Korea.

This report, published by IANSA and Amnesty International, examines the role an ATT can play in preventing and reducing those forms of armed violence in which conventional arms are used