AOAV assesses the incidence of SALW trafficking between Burundi and the DRC

The Great Lakes region of Africa has, in recent times, been afflicted by staggering levels of violence.  Much of the violence has been perpetrated using small arms and light weapons (SALW), by far the weapons that cause the most harm globally, and which still cause great suffering in the region today.  Part of the problem […]

AOAV works with civil society and the small arms commissions of Burundi and DRC to advocate for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a piece of international legislation which aims to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. It was adopted by the United Nations on 2nd April 2013 and obliges State Parties to ensure appropriate and effective controls on all trade of conventional arms. Increased accountability and transparency in the activities […]

AOAV monitors gun violence in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Burundi

Today is the final day of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) in New York. States have been discussing implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. Coinciding with this event is the Global Week of […]

AOAV tackles small arms proliferation in Sierra Leone

Today is day four of the BMS5 of the Programme of Action for Small Arms and Light Weapons. States are scheduled to continue discussing several points on the agenda, including stockpile management and the implementation of the international tracing instrument. AOAV tackles weapons proliferation in Sierra Leone by helping the Government improve stockpile management, supporting […]

States meet to review small arms programme of action progress

This week sees the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) take place in New York, from the 16th-22nd June, to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. It has been 13 years since UN member […]

Sierra Leone launches weapons marking and registration programme

Last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members […]

In focus: Baffour Amoa, West African Action Network on Small Arms

Baffour Amoa is the President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms and Chair of the International Action Network on Small Arms‘ International Advisory Council. AOAV: What is your main job in this role? Baffour Amoa: Primarily to make sure that, in West Africa, we fight against gun violence and the proliferation of small arms and light […]

AOAV helps illicit gun producers on the path towards legitimacy

Worldwide, firearms contribute towards approximately 60% of all violent deaths in non-conflict settings. In Sierra Leone, more than ten years after the end of the country’s brutal civil war, firearm ownership is relatively limited.  Yet when guns are fired, the impact is often deadly. A national survey on armed violence in Sierra Leone, produced by […]

AOAV provides government of Sierra Leone with weapon marking equipment

In an event attended by representatives from the Sierra Leone Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SLeNCSA), the Sierra Leone Government and AOAV, two marking machines were handed to the Sierra Leone Government to aid them in the registering of all arms in the country. With the adoption of the Sierra Leone Arms and […]

Theresa Hitchens

Theresa Hitchens Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous body within the UN tasked with assisting the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. They produce research on weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and emerging […]

UN Programme of Action on SALW: Casualty recording and recognising victims’ rights

In partnership with Article 36, Oxford Research Group and IKV-Pax Christi, AOAV has developed an advocacy sheet calling on states to recognise the urgent need to strengthen casualty recording and ensure the rights of the victims of armed violence.

National Reports on Armed Violence in the framework of the UN Programme of Action on SALWs

This advocacy sheet calls to develop reports on armed violence, and to support the inclusion of references to national reporting in the framework of the 2012 Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons.