oa Arms Control : Africa - SOPs and the SADC Protocol : a small group with a large vision
The SADC Protocol was the first legally binding treaty formulated to control and regulate small arms in Africa. It came into force on 8 November 2004; 30 days after the ninth country deposited its ratification instrument at the SADC Secretariat in Gabarone. The countries that have ratified the Protocol are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and presumably Zimbabwe. The Angola, the DRC and Madagascar are countries that still have to ratify the Protocol.
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