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



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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