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

National gun laws

Egyptian activists have filed a lawsuit seeking to abolish a decree from 1964 which allows the police to use firearms to disperse demonstrations, stating that it gives them free reign to commit serious human rights violations.

Regional Cooperation

From 29 February – 2 March, Pacific states are meeting for a Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop in Brisbane, Australia.

Women, gender and guns

Women’s rights activists all over the world are planning their activities for International Women’s Day, 8 March. In the UK, Peace Direct is inviting for a viewing of the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

National gun laws

AVAAZ has launched a petition to save the national long gun registry in Canada, after Parliament approved the conservative government’s proposed Bill C-19 to destroy it on 15 February.

International trade controls

Swedish disarmament campaigners are outraged after a new report shows Swedish arms exports are higher than ever, reaching a total value of over 2 billion USD in 2011.

Latest resources

Armed violence and development

The Working Group on Armed Violence and Development is now on Facebook.

Women, gender and guns

The latest newsletter from the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence is now available.

The annual report of the United States Conventional Weapons Destruction program, ‘To Walk the Earth in Safety’, has been released.

Women, gender and guns

The latest bulletin of the IANSA Women’s Network is now available. This issue highlights a campaign for ‘Gun Free Kitchen Tables’ in Israel

Marking and tracing

An article in two parts summarising the history of gun control in Canada is now available on the Advocacy Project blog.