Small Arms

The global trade in conventional arms and ammunition has an enormous human cost. Every day, about 2000 people lose their lives due to armed violence. Many more are injured, raped and forced to flee from their homes as a result of armed conflict and the human rights violations perpetrated with small arms. Inadequate regulations of international transfers of weapons, munitions and associated material permit arms to be supplied to those flagrantly violating international human rights and humanitarian law, destroying lives and threatening livelihoods. Meanwhile, countries like the US, Russia, Germany, China, Great Britain and France are profiting financially from these conflicts.



> 128 armed conflicts since 1989 have resulted in at least 250,000 deaths each year

> In addition, there are an estimated 300,000 armed killings outside of conflict each year

> Injuries are likely to be even more numerous than deaths in conflict and armed violence

> About 60% of human rights violations documented by Amnesty International have involved the use of small arms and light weapons

> 26 million people worldwide were internally displaced as a result of armed conflict at the end of 2008

> All of the top six countries of origin of refugees in 2008 are locations of armed conflict

> Child soldiers have been actively involved in armed conflict in government forces or non-state armed groups in 19 countries or territories since 2004

These statistics were taken from a report by Amnesty International entitled ‘Killer Facts’, available by clicking here.

For more information on the harms caused by the global arms trade, visit

To find out more about IPPNW’s Aiming for Prevention Campaign, click here:

To read about IPPNW’s international congress on small arms, “Human Target” visit

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