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

Women, gender and guns

64% of Colombian women that were killed between 2004 and 2008 were shot, said a report by the National Institute of Legal Medicine.

Border controls, National gun laws

Significant improvements in the operation of the largest gun show in Arizona State (US) aredescribed in new photo-essay by the Violence Prevention Research Programme at the University of California in Davis.

International trade controls

The Councils of Churches in South Africa and Sweden are urging their governments to initiate an independent judicial inquiry into the allegations of corruption which have been made in connection with a large military transfer between these two countries in 1999.

International trade controls

As military cooperation between Israel and Latin America grows, stricter arms export controls would help prevent Israeli weapons falling into the hands of armed groups and criminals.

The Argentinean Disarmament Network held its general assembly on 22 March in Buenos Aires.

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.