oa Focus on Arms in Africa - Implementing the SADC Firearms Protocol

Volume 1, Issue 1
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The issue of small arms proliferation has long been on the agenda of governments in Southern Africa and most recently culminated in the signing of the Southern African Development Community Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Material, in August 2001. The Protocol reaffirms that priority should be given to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of firearms, ammunition and other related materials, their excessive and destabilising accumulation, trafficking, possession and use of firearms, because of their links with, inter alia, drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational organised crime, mercenary and other violent criminal activities.

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