By Jim Coe
The out of control unfold and misuse of small palms and light-weight guns represent a trouble of world proportions. They smash either lives and livelihoods; they're a probability to peace and improvement, to democracy and human rights. because the mid-1990s, civil-society teams and a few revolutionary governments have started to enhance measures to strive against the drawback. This guide is a distinct source which pulls jointly classes from profitable campaigns in lots of elements of the realm. it truly is essentially designed to be a source for civil-society businesses, however it may be of use to somebody trying to strengthen more desirable motion opposed to the unfold and misuse of small arms.The e-book is split into 4 major sections. half 1 units the coverage context for motion, giving a concise and informative survey of the foremost nationwide, neighborhood, and overseas tasks to wrestle the proliferation and abuse of small palms. elements 2 and three supply a suite of simply adaptable, sensible instruments and methods to assist with strategic making plans and motion, supported by way of case stories of confident impression accomplished by way of activists world wide. half four offers a complete international listing of organisations at present engaged on the small-arms factor.
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It also obstructs inter-agency co-ordination and appropriate international cooperation. Many governments do not collect, maintain, or exchange sufficient information even for their national control purposes. Currently at least 60 States are regularly involved in the legal export of SALW, while almost all countries in the world are involved in the legal import of SALW and occasional export of surplus second-hand weapons. About 30 countries provide public information on their annual arms transfers, normally in the form of a report to parliament.
64 The ATT establishes core, common minimum standards for international arms transfers, and a workable mechanism for the application of these standards. Under this instrument, a transfer would not be authorised if there was a risk that the arms might be used to violate human rights and international humanitarian law or to commit war crimes, genocide, or crimes against humanity. Furthermore, there would be a presumption of denial on arms transfers which were likely to undermine sustainable development, political stability, or regional security, or to facilitate the commission of violent crimes.
Civil-society organisations from around the world were involved in all three preparatory meetings and during the conference itself. They undertook various roles, including advocacy, media work, and providing policy advice, and represented those working on a community level as well as those involved in policy development and research. The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) performed a co-ordinating role for NGOs and civil-society groups and facilitated the participation of representatives from all regions of the world.