Arms transfers to the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons for an effective Arms Trade Treaty

Index Number: ACT 30/117/2011

Police and security forces in the Middle East and North Africa responded to the mass popular uprisings witnessed there after December 2010 with brutal repression. This crackdown by the authorities has involved the use of weaponry, munitions and related equipment imported from major arms-exporting nations. This report examines arms transfers to the region and explores some common principles that can be applied by states when authorizing arms transfers, and which should underpin the Treaty’s framework.

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