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

Regional Cooperation

11 Central African states adopted the subregional Convention on the control of small at a ministerial meeting in Kinshasa (DR Congo).

Women, gender and guns

A survey on armed domestic violence in Portugal has shown that the threat of gun use is the most common form of intimidation at homes.

Marking and tracing, National gun laws

Political commitments from several government gun control actors in Brazil, after Sou da Paz presented its latest research on the 2003 gun law (Disarmament Statute).

National gun laws

A majority of Americans oppose people carrying loaded guns openly in public and more feel unsafe knowing that there are more guns in public places showed a poll conducted for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Security sector reform

At least 31 civilians and members of the security forces have been killed in Jamaica’s capital Kingston this week in gun battles that erupted after the government announced that alleged local drug lord and arms trafficker Christopher "Dudus" Coke will be extradited to the US.

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.