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DSEi – Lifeblood of the arms trade

Resources: campaigns and info sources


  • Amnesty International - Website of the AI international secretariat covers arms trading in areas of conflict and regimes linked to human rights violations. http://www.amnesty.org
  • Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) was set up in 1974 by a number of peace and other organisations. It is a broad coalition of groups and individuals in the UK working to end the international arms trade. Contact: 11 Goodwin St, London N4 3HQ, Britain(+44 20 7281 0297; fax 7281 4369; email enquiries@caat.demon.co.uk; http://www.caat.org.uk).
  • Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers - Six NGOs together provide a website giving questions and answers, campaigns and future events information. Contact: PO BOX 22696, London N4 3ZJ, Britain. http://www.child-soldiers.org
  • Disarm DSEi - Website dedicated to campaigners aiming to close down Europe's largest arms fair. Email disarm@dsei.org; http://www.dsei.org
  • Economists Allied for Arms Reduction (ECAAR) - promote objective economic analysis and appropriate action on global issues relating to peace, security and the world economy. Contact: 39E Central Avenue, Suite One, Pearl River, NY 10965, USA. http://www.ecaar.org
  • European Network Against Arms Trade - info on regional groups across Europe and joint actions. See http://www.enaat.org/ and http://www.fred.dk/peace/enaat.htm

  • Human Rights Watch - In depth reports about the human right situations which involve many references to the trade. http://hrw.org/arms

  • International Action Network on Small Arms Transfers (IANSA) - An international network of NGOs working to prevent the increase and misuse of small arms. Contact: PO Box 422, London WC1E 7BS, Britain. http://www.iansa.org
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines - network of more than 1400 NGOs in 90 countries working for a global ban on landmines. See http://www.icbl.org/

  • Smash EDO! - current campaign against Brighton-based arms compnents manufacturers. Tel 07891 405923; smashedo@hotmail.com; http://www.smashedo.org.uk/


  • BASIC - a progressive and independent analysus and advocacy organisation which researches and provides a critical examination of global security issues, including nuclear policies, military strategies, armaments and disarmament; http://www.basicint.org
  • Federation of American Scientists (FAS) - Arms Sales Monitoring Project calls for "restraint" in arms sales and runs one of the leading Internet sites with descriptions and pictures of weapons systems, and the trade trouble-spots. Contact: 1717 K Street NW - Suite 209, Washington, DC 20036, USA. http://www.fas.org/asmp

  • SIPRI Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Publishes in print and online with a comprehensive website, mainly aimed at academic research. Online databases, statistical information and current research links are valuable tools for peace activists, presenting information such as an extensive list of "whose sold arms to who" and "who signed what treaty". http://www.sipri.org
  • United Nations, Department for Disarmament Affairs - New York and Geneva-based department looking at key themes of disarmament such as WMD, landmines, small and conventional arms. http://disarmament.un.org
Topics: Arms trade