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SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS : A GLOBAL THREAT TO HUMAN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Suneel Kumar
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 69, No. 4 (OCT. - DEC., 2008), pp. 787-800
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41856469
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Human security has been threatened, primarily by the small arms and light weapons, on a large scale, as they are distinctly inexpensive and are easy to construct, maintain and operate and conceal. States are sole legitimate source weapons' manufacturing and of their use against the anti-social and anti-national rudiments. However, these states have been failed to maintain and sustain their monopoly over the manufacturing and use of such weapons. As many illicit sources are producing the weapons domestically and are misusing them against the mankind. Today, these are the weapons of choice for insurgent groups who are indulged in violent struggle with the states and other groups or for the terrorists, criminal and underworld mafias. The misuse of such weapons is resulting in the thousands of human causalities, disrupting human development, creating refugees' crisis, leading to human rights abuses, fuelling deadly conflict and troubling humanitarian assistance and peace-keeping programmes. It stipulates to control the diffusion of such weapons and misuse of such weapons to protect and promote human security and development which again demands responsible attitudes on the part of human being as well as states.

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