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January 2016

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Welcome to the January issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk


Matching needs with resources: Kenya's National Police Reserve

In Kenya's arid and semi-arid lands, such as in Isiolo and West Pokot counties, the lack of proper management of Kenya's National Police Reserve (NPR) has significantly contributed to the misuse of firearms – identified by locals as an important security concern.

Our recent report, Matching needs with resources: National Police Reserve and community security in Kenya's frontiers, analyses the needs of the NPR to determine what level of investment would be appropriate to make the NPR a more effective outfit for community security in Kenya's arid and semi-arid lands. 


UK government breaking the law by supplying arms to Saudi Arabia

© Amnesty International UK

The conflict in Yemen has turned the country into one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with more than 5,800 people killed and tens of thousands injured. In a legal opinion commissioned by Saferworld and Amnesty International, eminent international law experts from Matrix Chambers affirm that the UK Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign in Yemen.

Although the legal opinion only assesses UK actions, its damning findings are also relevant to all EU Member States that have supplied arms that are at risk of being used in the Yemeni conflict. All EU Member States are bound by the EU Common Position and almost all by the international Arms Trade Treaty, both of which forbid the transfer of weapons if there is a clear risk that items might be used in the commission of serious violations of International Humanitarian Law or International Human Rights Law.

Workshop – Peacebuilding in Yemen: Youth and Women's Role

Saferworld is holding a workshop for Yemeni civil society to meet and discuss the role of Yemeni youth and women in building peace in Yemen. The workshop will take place in Amman, Jordan from 7-10 March.

Apply to take part >


A permanent home? Hopes for peace in borderline communities in Armenia

This blog post by Nana Gamkrelidze looks at the priority issues for communities living on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.


The OECD's states of fragility model

© UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Thomas Wheeler examines the OECD’s new states of fragility model, welcoming its universal focus.


Sharing perspectives on achievements and challenges relating to export controls of dual-use items and technologies

This briefing shares outcomes from a ground-breaking new project that looks at strengthening technical and operational aspects of Chinese dual-use and arms trade controls’. The project is being jointly carried out by Saferworld and the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) of China’s Ministry of Commerce.


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