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report: Human Rights Abuses with Small Arms

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Article
9 July 2001

press release: Small arms leading to human rights abuses in over 100 countries

Author: Amnesty International

A new Amnesty International report published to coincide with the start of the first ever UN Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (9th to 20th July), demonstrates that governments and opposition groups in at least 100 countries around the world are using small arms in the violent abuse of human rights. Despite the extent of this abuse, some governments are deliberately attempting to exclude reference to obligatory human rights standards from the Program of Action to be agreed at the UN Conference, seeking to remove any ethical and legally binding dimension to controlling the transfer of small arms.

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Article
9 July 2001

report: Human Rights Abuses with Small Arms

Author: Amnesty International

Illustrative cases from Amnesty International reports 2000 - 2001 - Thousands of people worldwide are killed every year by weapons categorized as ''small arms'' or ''light weapons'' - handguns, assault rifles, sub-machine and machine-guns, grenades, mortars, shoulder-fired missiles and landmines. Many more are injured. Most of the victims are unarmed civilians who find themselves in the path of rival armies or criminal gangs. Transnational networks of brokers, dealers, financiers and transporters are the key players in small arms markets, yet most states do not even register them, let alone require each of their deals to be licenced.

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