Armed Groups, weapons availability and misuse: an overview of the issues and options for action

25.05.2004

By Non classé

 The paper begins with a short discussion of the term ‘armed groups’. It goes on to discuss why it is important to focus specifically on armed groups in the context of the small arms and light weapons agenda. It outlines the various means used by armed groups to obtain weapons and ammunition and summarizes the major human security impacts of small arms during and after conflicts. The paper examines efforts to curb the supply of arms to non-state actors and concludes by offering some suggestions for possible new policy initiatives. It stresses the need to go beyond a supply-side approach to small arms and to deal directly with armed groups in order to reduce violations of humanitarian law and human rights norms.

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