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

International trade controls

On 21-22 May 2012, IANSA together with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) organised a conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to prepare for the ATT Diplomatic Conference in July 2012.


On 30 April 2012, the Mexican Lower House of Congress approved a law for the rights of victims of violence, including gun violence. Approved by the Senate, the new law will establish a national registry of victims, and victims and their families will be entitled to compensation of up to US $70,000.00, as well as legal and medical support.

National gun laws, Regional Cooperation

On 14-15 May 2012 in Argentina, IANSA members from Latin America including Viva Rio, Instituto Latinoamericano de Seguridad y Democracia (ILSED), Red Argentina para el Desarme, and the Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (IELSUR), participated in a seminar on arms proliferation and control in the region. The seminar, organised by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, included analysis of disarmament initiatives and programmes by civil society.

National gun laws

In Cambodia, UN special envoy Surya Subedi, has called for a halt to the increasing use of firearms against human rights activists. A series of recent shootings has highlighted an apparent increasing willingness to use force against protesters by private security guards, the military, the police and local government officials. Mr Subedi said, "I'm very much concerned by the trend - and that should be halted."

From 7-10 May 2012 in Chad, IANSA's Africa Programme Officer with IANSA women from WAA Cameroon led a Central Africa Regional Women-Only Training Institute on women, armed violence and small arms control. The curriculum and materials were developed by the IANSA Women's Network and the Institute was organised by the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) with financial support from the 2nd EU Programme to Support Peace and Security Matters (PAPSII).

Latest resources

A summary report of the side event 'The Programme of Action and Opportunities' held on 10 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Tuesday 10 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

An article by the IANSA Women’s Network was published in the MGE Monitor on Tuesday 10 May 2011 and calls upon states to integrate a gender perspective in their tracing efforts, and actively include women at all stages of the process including capacity building and cooperation initiatives.To read it go to:

A summary report of the side event 'Why Traces Fail – Challenges involved in issuing and responding to tracing requests' held on 10 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Tuesday 10 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.