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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

International trade controls

In the lead up of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, next week, Amnesty International Mexico is participating in a national contest co-organised by Save the Children and the G-20 presidency (Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs). The children of AI Mexico staff members recorded messages about real cases of armed violence in Mexico and asking the G-20 for strong controls on the arms trade. The stories most “liked” in the contest will be taken to the negotiations.

International trade controls

Amnesty International Australia are doing a guerrilla marketing campaign using bloodied bullet hole imagery stickers in public spaces, such as bus stop ads, train station poster ads and toilet door signs, in order to catch the attention of passers-by. The aim is to make the public curious and go online to sign onto the Global Appeal.

Women, gender and guns

Georgian IANSA women of the Fund Sukhumi have joined the Week of Action campaign. Members of the Ozurgeti Club of Women-Voters from Western Georgia gathered in the Ozurgeti Centre of Civic Engagement and shared their common position: “No war! No violence! No armed conflicts!” Among the participants was Nino Nikolaishvili, a journalist of the local newspaper “Alioni”, who will cover the campaign.

IANSA member Gun Free South Africa is partnering with Primedia, South Africa’s leading media group, to run a campaign to encourage 3 million radio listeners to participate in the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence by reporting illegal guns and illegal gun use to Primedia’s crime fighting initiative, CrimeLine. The advertisement is being broadcast from 11 to 17 June 2012 on the national radio stations 702 Radio, 567 Cape Radio, Kfm, and 94.7 fm.

International trade controls

As part of their ongoing strategy to apply pressure on the “Big Six” arms exporters, Amnesty International is having a global Tweet-a-thon targeting the foreign ministries of the USA, UK, France, Russia and China during the Global Week of Action. Each day AI will target one of the “Big Six” countries. On Day 1 of the Global Week of Action, tweeters targeted the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who responded in turn with a positive tweet on the ATT.

Latest resources

Border controls, Marking and tracing

This brief includes a report from a course on small arms and border security management took place from the 14-25 of March 2010, as well as an analysis of the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire and it's implications for the proliferation of small arms in the West African region.

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.
 

NGO presentations took place during the morning plenary session of Friday 13 May

UN Small Arms Process

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Friday 13 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

UN Small Arms Process

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Friday 13 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.