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Inaugural conference on tracing illicit small arms and light weapons in the OSCE area

Category
Event
Date(s)
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Subject
Border security and management

Description

The purpose of the conference is to discuss existing challenges related to tracing illicit SALW in the OSCE area, national and international best practice, existing international tools to facilitate tracing as well as identify regional/national priorities for enhancing tracing of illicit SALW.

Summary

There is broad agreement in the international fora that efforts to combat the illicit trafficking and proliferation of SALW/firearms are hindered by inadequate capacities to trace such illicit arms. Tracing requires adequate marking and record-keeping of all SALW/firearms, along with international co-operation to enable relevant authorities to trace sources, identification of trafficking routes and points of diversion of illicit weapons. Despite the existence of norms and measures agreed at international and regional levels, there is still a need for their full implementation thus necessitating action of the international community to address the issue.

The UN Programme of Action (2001) on SALW identified the tracing of illicit SALW as a key mechanism for national, regional and/or international efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate illicit SALW and committed States to strengthening the ability of States to co-operate in identifying and tracing in a timely and reliable manner illicit SALW. The International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (2005) recognized the need for tracing in the context of all forms of crime and conflict situations and committed States to a set of norms and principles concerning marking, record-keeping of SALW as well as international co-operation in tracing, including through Interpol.

According to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, States Parties shall co-operate in the tracing of firearms, their parts and components and ammunition that may have been illicitly manufactured or trafficked. Such cooperation shall include the provision of prompt responses to requests for assistance in tracing such firearms, their parts and components and ammunition.

In the OSCE Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the participating States agreed to co-operate with each other on the basis of customary diplomatic procedures or relevant agreements and with intergovernmental organisations such as Interpol, in tracing illegal small arms. Such co-operation will include making available, upon request, relevant information to the investigating authorities of other participating States.

A number of various instruments have been developed to effectively trace illicit SALW/firearms at the international level. Interpol has a leading role in facilitating tracing of lost, stolen, smuggled and trafficked firearms. Using a similar technology to existing Interpol databases, authorized users are able to query the newly developed iARMS database to instantly determine whether the seized firearm has been reported by another user.

The UN Programme of Action (2001) on SALW identified the tracing of illicit SALW as a key mechanism for national, regional and/or international efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate illicit SALW and committed States to strengthening the ability of States to co-operate in identifying and tracing in a timely and reliable manner illicit SALW. The International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (2005) recognized the need for tracing in the context of all forms of crime and conflict situations and committed States to a set of norms and principles concerning marking, record-keeping of SALW as well as international co-operation in tracing, including through Interpol.

According to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, States Parties shall co-operate in the tracing of firearms, their parts and components and ammunition that may have been illicitly manufactured or trafficked. Such cooperation shall include the provision of prompt responses to requests for assistance in tracing such firearms, their parts and components and ammunition.

In the OSCE Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the participating States agreed to co-operate with each other on the basis of customary diplomatic procedures or relevant agreements and with intergovernmental organisations such as Interpol, in tracing illegal small arms. Such co-operation will include making available, upon request, relevant information to the investigating authorities of other participating States.

A number of various instruments have been developed to effectively trace illicit SALW/firearms at the international level. Interpol has a leading role in facilitating tracing of lost, stolen, smuggled and trafficked firearms. Using a similar technology to existing Interpol databases, authorized users are able to query the newly developed iARMS database to instantly determine whether the seized firearm has been reported by another user.

Simultaneous interpretation between English, Russian and French will be provided.

Information

Added on
22 Nov 2016
Origin
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Type
Conference
Venue description

Hofburg Congress Centre
Vienna, Austria

Organizer
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Participants
Delegations, Government officials, International organizations, Law enforcement officers, OSCE staff
Region
Austria
Keywords
trafficking, small arms and light weapons (SALW)
Rights
OSCE