Research Program: Arms Trade & Security

Exceptions in dual-use export licenses

September 5, 2009

The European Commission (EC) presented in December 2008 a Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1334/2000 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports of dual-use items and technology. This proposal has been set up to achieve ‘uniform and consistent application of controls throughout the Community’, to ‘simplify the current legal system, to enhance the industry’


Zimbabwe – Arms and Corruption: fuelling human rigths abuse

July 17, 2009

The following examples of irresponsible arms transfers involving Zimbabwe and other actors should be of great concern to the international community. The examples cited below are intended to illustrate further the need to ensure that the proposed international Arms Trade Treaty is as comprehensive as possible, and fully reflects the obligations of States to prevent arms transfers which pose a subs


Cieli Neri d’Africa

June 23, 2009

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Fuelling Conflict – Foreign Arms supplies to Israel/Gaza

February 9, 2009

With fragile ceasefires now in place in Gaza and southern Israel, the full extent of the devastation caused in recent weeks is becoming increasingly clear. Amnesty International researchers visiting Gaza and southern Israel during and after the fighting found evidence of war crimes and other serious violations of international law by all parties to the conflict. Download in pdf or open with issuu


Un cargo di morte

January 20, 2009

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Illicit brokering of SALW in Europe: lacunae in Eastern European arms control and verification regimes

January 6, 2009

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Tirana-Kabul, e bufera sulla Rice

June 24, 2008

Il dipartimento di stato Usa nella bufera: nascosto al Congresso il trasferimento di tonnellate di munizioni dall’Albania all’Afghanistan, in violazione delle leggi statunitensi. Le pessime condizioni dell’arsenale non preoccupano gli americani: a morire a causa di armamenti difettosi saranno solo i soldati di Kabul. Download in pdf or open with issuu reader. http://issuu.com/ipisresearch/docs/sta


Afghanistan: arms proliferation fuels further abuse

April 24, 2008

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Blood at the Crossroads: Making the Case for an Arms Trade Treaty

February 5, 2008

The world is reaching the crossroads where governments must decide which approach to take in order to control the increasingly globalised trade in conventional arms. If the current practice of allowing irresponsible transfers of military and security equipment and related items across borders is allowed to continue, millions more lives and livelihoods will be destroyed and the fundamental human ri


Congo blijft onder buitenlandse druk

October 28, 2007

Dat president Kabila zijn bezoek aan Brussel inkortte, had één verifieerbare reden: Kabila verbleef vier dagen in Noord-Kivu waar in augustus opnieuw zware gevechten uitbraken tussen het regeringsleger en de rebellerende ex-generaal Laurent Nkunda. Maar Nkunda is niet Kabila’s enige kopzorg, hij ondervindt van meerdere kanten druk. Congolese waarnemers zien daarin de hand van het Westen. Download


Netwerk rond generaal Nkunda dient onderzocht

July 10, 2007

Eind deze maand loopt het mandaat van de VN-Expertengroep voor Congo af. De groep komt eerstdaags met haar eindrapport. IPIS, de International Peace Information Service in Antwerpen, kon het rapport al inkijken. Het rapport bevat een aantal specifieke gegevens die ook voor België relevant zijn. Zo is ons land de belangrijkste bestemming voor tin-erts vanuit Goma. Een bewoner van de gemeente Tessen


Sudan: Arms continuing to fuel serious human rights violations in Darfur

May 5, 2007

This report describes the arming process and its effects on the people of Darfur and neighbouring eastern Chad, many of whom have been forcibly displaced. It provides details of violations of the United Nations arms embargo on Darfur that occurred during January to March 2007. Amongst other things, it shows how the Government of Sudan violates the UN arms embargo and disguises some of its military


Recent arms deliveries from the successor States of the former Yugoslavia

March 18, 2007

This report presents the findings of the group of international experts commissioned by IPIS vzw to examine the current controls on weapons exports from the countries of former Yugoslavia, especially the Republic of Bosnia-Herzogovina and the Republic of Serbia. Download in pdf  or open with issuu reader. http://issuu.com/ipisresearch/docs/20070319_recent_arms_deliveries_fro


Sudan: New photographs show further breach of UN arms embargo on Darfur

January 1, 2007

Amnesty International today (24 August 2007) released new photographs showing that the Sudanese government is continuing to deploy offensive military equipment in Darfur despite the UN arms embargo and peace agreements. Download in pdf or open with issuu reader. http://issuu.com/ipisresearch/docs/aiuk_-_sudan-_further_breach_of_un_


Developing a Mechanism to prevent Illicit Brokering in Small Arms – Scope and Implications

November 9, 2006

One of the consequences of the more global, differentiated and diverse arms trade is the increasing reliance of arms buyers and sellers on specialized services from persons or companies that act as intermediaries, or “middlemen”, to arrange arms transactions. Put simply, arms brokers are intermediaries who negotiate commercial and logistical arrangements to meet the requirements of buyers, sellers


Greed and guns. Uganda’s Role in the Rape of the Congo

July 22, 2006

This report deals specifically with the recent Ugandan involvement in the military, political and economic affairs of its giant western neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has contributed to a pattern of serious human rights abuses of the Congolese people. To corroborate evidence and gather additional information on Uganda’s involvement in the Congolese conflict the authors of t


Dead on Time – arms transportation, brokering and the threat to human rights

March 2, 2006

Growing state-sponsored out-sourcing and the increasing private mediation of international arms distribution and procurement is adding to the risk of arms being delivered, diverted and used for grave human rights violations. Yet current government efforts to improve the monitoring and regulation of such intermediate activities in the arms trade are weak and faltering. Download in pdf or open with


Democratic Republic of Congo: arming the east

July 2, 2005

Amnesty International is concerned that, during the peace process in the DRC, military aid has been provided from agents close to the Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC governments to armed groups and militia in eastern DRC who have committed grave human rights abuses. This document presents only a partial picture of the trade in arms because this trade is characterized by extreme stealth. Peace in the Gr


Wapentrafieken in de regio van de grote meren: Tanzania

June 2, 2005

Aan IPIS, vzw werd gevraagd een studie te maken over de problematiek van de illegale wapentrafieken in de regio van de grote meren, en de repercussies voor het Belgisch buitenlands beleid. Aansluitend bij de politieke actualiteit werd de kwestie van de licentie verstrekt door het Waals Gewest aan New Lachaussée voor de levering van een productielijn voor munitie in Tanzania als concreet voorbeeld


Bangladesh : een nieuwe broeihaard voor Islamextremisme?

April 2, 2005

Met dit dossier willen we de lezer een overzicht geven in de politieke dynamiek en historische processen die het uitzicht van het islamextremisme in Bangladesh vandaag bepalen. Bangladesh heeft het imago een geweldloos land te zijn, vooral omdat de Bengaalse variant van de Islam sterk verankerd is in Soefi – en Hindoe – tradities waardoor hij een minder agressief karakter uitstraalt dan zijn Arabi


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