oa Arms Control : Africa - Towards regulating the SALW trade : lessons from the mine ban treaty

Volume 2, Issue 5
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Since the 1990s there have been strong campaigns against landmines and both the legal and illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). While a treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines has been in place since 1997, there is no treaty to regulate the trade in SALW. This has led to a vibrant debate about why, if it was possible to create an international treaty controlling landmines, a treaty to limit the legal distribution of SALW is yet to be agreed on.

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