Campaigns

On this page you will find information and news about IANSA Campaigns. Scroll down for a calendar of upcoming events.

UN Small Arms Process

From 28 November – 01 December 2011, IANSA is holding a national training on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 13 people will be taking part in the training, and reporting on what they have discussed on this blog.

El décimo aniversario del Programa de Acción (PoA) de la ONU fue celebrado en un evento en Nueva York el 24 de octubre de 2011.

Civil society organisations addressed the UN General Assembly First Committee on 25 October. Michele Poliacof of IANSA commended the positive impact of the PoA in the last 10 years

“Looking forward to a successful 2012 on small arms and light weapons”, an article written by IANSA Director Mirjana Dokmanovic, has been published in the First Committee Monitor.

The newly elected IANSA International Advisory Council (IAC) held its second teleconference meeting on 19 October. The meeting focused on priorities for IANSA in 2012

Disarm Domestic Violence

The sources and life-cycles of guns used to kill 511 police officers in the United States since 2000 are traced in a new study by The Washington Post.

The Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (ICED) conducted a survey which shows that 42% of women victims of domestic violence in the Dominican Republic have been threatened with a gun.

A survey on armed domestic violence in Portugal has shown that the threat of gun use is the most common form of intimidation at homes.

IANSA members in Spain, Platforma per la Pau Lloret in Catalunya, launched the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign on 23 April.

64% of Colombian women that were killed between 2004 and 2008 were shot, said a report by the National Institute of Legal Medicine.

The Arms Trade Treaty

CAMYOSFOP, IANSA member in Cameroon, held a discussion with Members of Parliament on the Diplomatic Conference on the ATT and the need for Cameroon to ratify the Kinshasa Convention on small arms and light weapons. The Leader of the SDF Parliamentary Group, Hon Joseph Banandzen, informed them that the bill for to ratify the Kinshasa Convention will be received for scrutiny. CAMYOSFOP will also be meeting with the officials of the Ministry of External Relations on the role of Cameroon in the upcoming Diplomatic Conference on the ATT.

Women in Alternative Action - WAA Cameroon were the main guests on the National Radio CRTV broad audience interactive programme Morning Safari. The interactive, call-in programme was geared towards bringing attention to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Diplomatic Conference in July 2012, the UNPoA Review Conference as well as on the need for the Cameroon Government to ratify the Kinshasa Convention and to harmonise the draft firearms law proposed by WAA Cameroon to Ministries and Parliament.

The dedicated United Nations website on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations went live on 7 June: www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/. This website serves as the primary information platform regarding the historic United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which will take place in New York from 2 to 27 July.

In Barcelona, the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) is organising a talk on the Arms Trade Treaty with Xavier Alcalde, ICIP researcher and Jordi Armadans, and director of Fundació per la Pau (Peace Foundation), IANSA member in Spain. Both will share their perspectives on the preparatory committees and the upcoming diplomatic conference.

AI Switzerlandproduced four short videos in English with a class of art students in Zürich to support the ATT campaign. Watch the videos on the Amnesty Switzerland website here.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

IANSA members in the DR Congo organised a wide range of activities. Association des Volontaires du Congo, ASVCO aired messages on the Global Week of Action on four radios stations, RTNC-Goma, RTCT, Radio Sauti ya INJILI and Radio RAU-FM. ASVCO and MONUSCO organised a march to help child survivors of the misuse of SALW talk about their cases and set up banners in school courtyards. AFIA-FEV, ADIFE Sud-Kivu and AVREO, the coalition of South-Kivu organisations, put banners on main streets and organised a workshop with political and military officials.

Organização Santomense dos Direitos Humanos, IANSA member in Sao Tome and Principe organised a joint activity with the police to collect the weapons in the community and raise the awareness on the proliferation and misuse of small and light weapons. 

RASALAO-Benin distributed IANSA leaflets in public places, shared a press release in French and other local languages and gave interviews to the national newspaper “Evènement” and journalists at the local radio station CERDEF. All activities reinforced the campaign against gun violence and the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in Benin.

Colonie des Pionniers du Développement, IANSA member in Burundi, shared with journalists recommendations gathered by field workers, after debates were broadcasted on several radio channels, including the African Public Radio and Bonesha FM. Recommendations include improving dialogue between politicians, ratification and implementation of the Kinshasa Convention and the government’s support for a strong ATT, as well as the inclusion of both ammunition and gender in the treaty text. 

IANSA member INAPD (Institute of Literacy for Peace and Development) organised a conference on the consequences of gun violence at the University Gamal Abdel Nasser in Conakry, Guinea with the participation of the Guinean National Commission on Small Arms. Around a hundred civil society organisations participated and committed to work together to reduce gun violence through a national programme piloted by INAPD and the creation of an IANSA national Youth Network.

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