TRAKNAT is a network of local groups in the Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston area campaigning against UK arms exports. There is more explanation on the About Us page, where you will also find a list of the member groups.
In December, we launched a campaign aimed at reducing the flow of small arms and light weapons to terrorists and warlords in conflict zones.
We have been meeting with Tania Mathias, MP for Twickenham to discuss this, and we are pleased that she won a ballot for a debate in Parliament on the Small Weapons Trade, which took place on 20 April 2016.
Within the past decade, over 250 conflicts have affected all parts of the world. About 55,000 people perish annually as a direct consequence of armed conflict. The number of those displaced by conflict has reached levels not seen since the Second World War: currently, more than 33 million people are displaced because of conflict and violence. Small arms are responsible for up to 90% of these deaths. Conflicts hamper the work of aid agencies and make effective development impossible.
Arms brokers play a major role in the supply of these weapons. Alarmingly the UK Government is failing in its responsibilities to control UK brokers and does not even vet them before issuing licences to allow them to trade. One UK Broker, Gary Hyde, brokered the transfer of 70,000 assault rifles, including AK-47s, and 32m rounds of ammunition to Nigeria, enough to arm a small army. To this day no one knows where they are.
Through our local MPs, and with likeminded groups across the country the we are lobbying the Government for tighter controls on brokers and arms dealers.
Keeping in Touch
We now have a mailing list for occasional news items, like public meetings. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list. Also get in touch if you would like to be more involved and come to planning meetings, or to see the letters and documents that we have exchanged so far with our MPs.