Small Arms Fueling Conflict and Crime in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is heavily affected by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, according to a report by Saferworld. The spread of such weapons in Sri Lanka is reaching crisis proportions. In addition to the spiraling political violence, there is a thriving market for illicit arms in relation to armed crime.

In order to better understand how small arms have affected local communities, the South Asia Small Arms Network, with support from UK-based Saferworld, organized a civil society consultation process in 23 districts between November 2004 and March 2005, drawing up a set of recommendations for civil society and the government.

Yolanda Foster and Hashitha Abeywardana, Small Arms and Light Weapons: Challenges in Sri Lanka and Options for the Future (SASA-Net Sri Lanka and Saferworld, May 2006.
Link: http://www.saferworld.org.uk/publications.php?id=188 (full report at: http://www.saferworld.org.uk/images/pubdocs/Sri%20Lanka%20SALW%20report.pdf).