The G8: Global Arms Exporters

Failing to prevent irresponsible arms transfers


Published: 22 June 2005

The international arms trade lacks effective control. Irresponsible arms transfers continue to fuel armed violence. They contribute to violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and they undermine development. The uncontrolled proliferation of conventional arms, particularly small arms and light weapons, has taken a terrible toll on coummnities worldwide.