Annual report 2016

June 23, 2017

In its 2016 annual report, IPIS gives an overview of its research projects and activities. It covers the four research programmes that IPIS focusses on: natural resources, arms trade, conflict mapping and business and human rights. In 2016, IPIS continued to be a rally point for hard to get data on natural resources, often visualised in maps. Our flagship map for 2016 is the interactive map of art

Optimalisatie van het wapenhandeldecreet en wapenhandelbesluit: advies van IPIS en Amnesty International Vlaanderen

June 22, 2017

In maart 2012 publiceerden Amnesty International Vlaanderen en IPIS een nota met analyse en aanbevelingen bij het ontwerp van decreet “betreffende de in-, uit-, doorvoer en overbrenging van defensiegerelateerde producten, ander voor militair gebruik dienstig materiaal, ordehandhavingsmateriaal, civiele vuurwapens, onderdelen en munitie”. Het uiteindelijke ‘Wapenhandeldecreet’ van 30 juni 2012 schi

Arms Trade Highlights: March – May 2017

June 15, 2017

IPIS Publications Fatal Freight: Ships, Guns and Human Rights Abuses TransArms and IPIS undertook a thorough research of the responsibilities of states and companies involved in the transfer of military equipment by sea under customary international law. The maritime transport is by far the main modality for the transfers of military equipment and commodities. The report considers cases of irrespo

Arms Trade Corridors to Burundi

May 5, 2017

Burundi has seen a period of unrest following the failed coup d’état by a Burundian general in May 2015. In order to better understand the situation, IPIS drafted a new map entitled ‘Arms transport to Burundi’, which puts the 2015 unrest in the geographical perspective of the Great Lakes region and in the relevant timeframe covering 2008 to 2015. The map highlights two important factors in the rec

Pillage route: l’économie politique des barrages routiers à Walikale et Masisi (2017)

March 31, 2017

  French version below – version française ci-dessous Roadblocks are a ubiquitous phenomenon in Eastern Congo. In an effort to map the scope of this phenomenon as well as its significance in the political economy of conflict, IPIS has embarked on a collaboration with the Danish Institute for International Studies. The point of departure is that control over the circulation of people and valua

Arms Trade Highlights: January – February 2017

March 23, 2017

On 17 January 2017, a four-year investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into 30 years of bribery and corruption on a global scale (Angola, UK, United States, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Thailand…) by Rolls-Royce PLC came to an end. The investigation will continue into the conduct of individuals. The SFO entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Rolls-Royce following appro

Arms Trade Highlights: November – December 2016

January 19, 2017

In our last Arms Trade Bulletin, we reported on a Canadian-owned company (Streit Group) that had allegedly sold armoured vehicles from its UAE factory to Sudan in contravention of UN and Canadian embargoes . It was reported that the same company had also sold vehicles to South Sudan, although Streit claimed that those vehicles were not military, and the end user of the vehicles was not present on

Arms Trade Highlights: September – October 2016

November 16, 2016

In Brazil two former executives of arms company Forjas Taurus are accused of diverting 8,000 small arms in 2013 to Yemen. The prosecutor claimed that the defendants committed fraud by disguising the final destination of the weapons, and also tried to hide the identity of the arms broker. The arms broker Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana’a had been put on a UN sanctions list in 2010 for violating the UN a

Annual Report 2015

August 31, 2016

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Arms Trade Highlights: July 2016

August 19, 2016

The present editorial is inspired by our recent experience at a European arms control event where we witnessed German arms officials seeking to whitewash Germany’s arms export policy. The double standard revealed by said officials is exemplary of the discrepancy between words and deeds as regards national arms export controls. Although far from being the only European country that can be blamed fo

Third Party Review of the Bisie Security Report

July 19, 2016

The so-called ‘Bisie Mineral Stock’ encompasses about 1,000 tons of cassiterite, extracted by artisanal miners at Bisie mines between November 2010 and June 2015. A number of bans on mining and mineral trade in this region, as well as some hesitance further down the supply chain to buy untagged minerals, meant that mineral production was not marketed, but stored in warehouses. From 2014 onwards, n

Arms Trade Highlights: May – June 2016

July 7, 2016

THERE IS NO ‘MR BIG’ by Brian Johnson-Thomas Hush – Terrorists get their weapons from governments…… Every so often one or other of us gets a phone call from some excited TV documentary producer or magazine journalist wanting to do a really big number on the, presumably, secretive villain who supplies the guns and ammunition to the likes of the Islamic State and Al Quaida wherever they happen to be

Arms Trade Highlights: March – April 2016

June 1, 2016

This edition of IPIS’ Arms Trade Bulletin highlights two international arms transfers that continue to create a stir in arms-related media coverage. These are namely, the Heckler & Koch arms deal with Mexico – inquiry into which has seen German journalists fall into the cross hairs of prosecuting authorities –, and the Franco-Saudi-Lebanese arms deal. Mimicking the Turkish handling of journali

Coloured gemstones in eastern DRC: Tourmaline exploitation and trade in the Kivus

May 11, 2016

Responsible sourcing efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to date have focused predominantly on the so-called 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) sector. Nevertheless, the artisanal exploitation of other minerals including semi-precious gemstones, such as tourmaline, can also make notable contributions to local livelihoods […]

Arms Trade Highlights: January – February 2016

March 16, 2016

In our last editorial, we cautioned not to overlook government-approved arms transfers to unstable regions in the face of a focus on the illicit trafficking of arms used in terrorist attacks. Current events, especially surrounding arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and the situation in Yemen, confirm this concern. The conflict in Yemen continues to escalate. Various exporting countries are profiting f

Arms Trade Highlights: October – December 2015

January 20, 2016

2015 ended with sad news: the death of our colleague and friend, Sergio Finardi. The world has lost a brilliant arms trade and defence logistics researcher. Although publicly ignored by some, his research was freely copied by those same entities and often left uncredited. His mark on his field of expertise remains indelible. Some of the perpetrators of the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks were

Arms Trade Highlights: August – September 2015

November 5, 2015

The first Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty was held in Mexico on August 24-27, 2015. Key outcomes from discussions at the Conference included the selection of Geneva as the seat of the permanent secretariat for the ATT, as well as agreement that future decisions will be made by majority vote. The International Committee of the Red Cross voiced concerns that many States continu

Arms Trade Highlights: June – July 2015

August 13, 2015

Recent years have seen increasing emphasis placed on the need to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Governments – and civil society generally – have recognized the trade as contributing to insecurity that has occasioned mass human displacement on a scale not seen since the end of World War Two. When cases of illicit arms trading come to light, the world is often reminded

Arms Trade Highlights: January – May 2015

June 14, 2015

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), regulating the international trade in conventional arms entered into force on 24 December 2014. With 130 State signatories and 69 ratifications to date, the Convention will see its first Conference of States Parties take place between 24 to 27 August 2015. Missing from the list of signatories are Canada, China, and Russia. Canada ‘s justification for opting ou

Annual report 2014

January 1, 2015

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