February 2011
Saferworld
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Welcome to Saferworld's e-newsletter.

 

As the events unfolding in North Africa have shown, the supply of arms to states often characterised by their abuse of human rights still continues. This week Saferworld will be working hard at the United Nations to build support for a strong Arms Trade Treaty which will enhance international controls on such arms flows.

In this issue, read how we are promoting an Arms Trade Treaty to prevent conflict, protect human rights and promote sustainable development. Find out more about our concerns over the export of defence and security equipment to Libya by a number of EU states.

As the UK increases its commitment to aid in fragile and conflict-affected states we set out a 'developmental' approach to meeting poor people's security needs and call on the UK's development community to champion this positive vision.

Also this month, read our new report on how China is becoming a key player in Africa's peace and security challenges. Finally, learn how a community-based approach to security is helping to reduce the impact of conflict on people living on or near the boundary line of South Ossetia in the Caucasus.

 

Henry Smith

Director

Saferworld prepares for further UN negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty

This week delegates from UN Member States are assembling in New York to negotiate important details of the Arms Trade Treaty.  Find out how in the run up to the negotiations, Saferworld has been building support for a strong Arms Trade Treaty which will help to prevent conflict, protect human rights and promote sustainable development.

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Libya and the EU's risky defence business

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have highlighted the continued flow of arms to a region characterised by insecurity and frequent human rights violations. Particular concern has been raised over the export of defence and security equipment to Libya. Saferworld explains how this raises serious questions about the political will given to assessing the risks of defence exports by governments both past and present.

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The securitisation of aid?

Welcome attention is currently being lavished on the neglected issue of development's relationship with security. However, while 'security' in the aid debate has been led by discussion on conflict and stability, it should also be about poor people being entitled to safety and access to justice, just as they are to health and education. Saferworld presents the case for reclaiming the language of security.

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China a key player in resolving Africa's conflicts

Saferworld's new report assesses China's increasing role in Africa and its effect on factors that drive conflict and those that promote peace. China's growing economic role in Africa is well-documented; trade between China and the African continent increased from just over $10bn in 2000 to $115bn in 2010. However, the report highlights that China is also now an important player in Africa's peace and security challenges. 

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A community-based approach to security in the Caucasus

On the face of it, life along the administrative boundary line between Shida Kartli and South Ossetia has improved substantially since violence erupted in August 2008. Nevertheless, a sense of general insecurity and disquiet remains. Saferworld's Caucasus Programme Manager, David Wood, discusses how a community-based approach to security can help to reduce the impact of conflict dynamics in the region.

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