Arms Trafficking

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 06:43
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council found there have been attempts to smuggle weapons from Democratic Republic of Congo through Rwanda to rebels in Burundi where a political crisis threatens to spiral out of control. The report by experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo said Congolese authorities arrested Rwandan and Congolese civilians and two Congolese army officers in October and November on suspicion of arms smuggling.
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 05:19
High ranking members of the Dominican Republic security forces have been arrested for arms trafficking in a case that reveals how corrupt networks of officials allegedly use U.S. gun suppliers and false documents to skirt the country's gun control regulations.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 07:30
From 2009 to 2014, more than 73,000 guns that were seized in Mexico were traced to the U.S., according to a new update on the effort to fight weapons trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 07:44
According to data from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), 73,684 firearms (about 70 percent) seized in Mexico and traced from 2009 to 2014 originated in the United States.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 06:28
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday signed a Joint Action Plan to improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling.
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 08:23
Efforts to combat illegal gunrunning from the United States to Mexico has stumbled in recent years, hampered by less cooperation between U.S. and Mexican officials, according to a report from a U.S. federal watchdog agency obtained by Reuters. The draft report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to be released after the latest arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, also criticized U.S. law enforcement agencies for not ensuring they are effectively working together to fight arms smuggling by Mexico's ruthless drug cartels.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:26
The United Arab Emirates was shipping weapons to favored belligerents in Libya over the summer in violation of an international arms embargo while simultaneously offering a highly paid job to the United Nations diplomat drafting a peace accord there, leaked Emirati emails show.
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 06:23
The president of Burundi's five-day ultimatum for people to hand over illegal firearms or be treated as enemies of the state may spark extensive bloodshed in the coming days, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 06:53
A United Nations panel of experts says both sides in South Sudan's conflict are expanding their weapons stockpiles and violating a peace deal. But the U.N. Security Council is not moving forward with the arms embargo and sanctions it has repeatedly threatened for such actions.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 07:06
A London School of Economics analyst discusses the weaknesses of Burundi President Nkurunziza's ultimatum on illegal arms and President Obama's threat of sanctions.