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

Armed violence and development

Amnesty International is calling for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria to prevent further human rights abuses against peaceful protesters in the country.

Armed violence and development

Every year, thousands of felons in the US regain the right to own a gun, often with little or no review, according to an article by the New York Times.

Armed violence and development

Registration is now open for a workshop on how to use communication technology to support violence prevention

Armed violence and development

Nine out of ten violent deaths occur outside conflicts, according to the new report “The Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011”. It is based on a comprehensive data on homicides across both conflict and non-conflict settings.

Women, gender and guns

On 31 October 2011, more than 200 women participated in vigils in 9 different towns in Western Georgia under the slogan “Let’s make efficient the UN Resolution 1325 for women, peace and security!".

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.