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

The Small Arms Survey has published “A National Survey of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Côte d’Ivoire: Arms Control and Armed Violence Prevention before the Post-electoral Crisis” in cooperation with the National Commission on Small Arms in Cote d’Ivoire, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP), and UNDP.

From 19-23 March 2012, UN member states are meeting at UN headquarters for a preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects.

The Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN Raymond O. Wolfe celebrates the achievements of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) over the last 10 years and looks forward to the Review Conference on the PoA in an article published in the UN Chronicle.

An aide memoire for non-governmental organisations for the Preparatory Committee of the 2012 Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms (PoA PrepCom) is now available online.

The Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons has issued a policy statement on civilian possession of automatic and semi-automatic rifles, adopted during their board meeting in New York on 23 October this year.

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

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), IANSA member in Uganda, is holding a workshop the Kapchorwa District in Eastern Uganda with the district task force of the National Focal Point on Small Arms. The objective is to create awareness about gender dimensions on small arms and the ATT, and to educate the participants on Uganda’s gun legislations and gun policies.  Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, Executive Director of EASSI also wrote an article the need to include ammunition in the ATT that was published in the daily newspaper the New Visio

In Macedonia, CIVIL, the Centre for Freedom organised a range of activities. They held a conference and film screening of ‘The Story so far’ in Skopje for 100 people and collected signatures to support their recommendations to the Government of Macedonia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including support for the ATT and ways to overcome SALW issues in Macedonia. They also organised a briefing for journalists, focusing on ethnic violence, a major issue in Macedonia, and shared IANSA materials and created their own in Macedonian. 

The Swedish Fellowship on Reconciliation (SweFOR), IANSA member in Sweden, held a rally to hand out information and collect signatures for a robust ATT as part of its campaign "Stop Arms Save Life" in Uppsala, north of Stockholm.  SweFOR, in collaboration with a parliamentarian from the Parliamentary Network against SALW and the Parliamentary Forum on SALW, handed out the Parliamentary Declaration and leaflets on the ATT in the Swedish Parliament.

The Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON), IANSA member in Nepal along with the Armed Violence Reduction Working Group and National Women Security Watch Group, organised an interactive workshop on the “Arms Trade Treaty and Gender”. Ms. Prassanata Wasti presented data on the security situation of Nepal since 2010. Ms. Shobha Gautam, IHRICON’s founder and president, presented her paper on the Arms Trade Treaty and Gender.

RASALAO-Burkina, IANSA member in Burkina-Faso, undertook a range of activities, in collaboration with Amnesty-Burkina. They organised a workshop in Amnesty-Burkina’s head office to inform the members of the two organisations about the Global Week of Action and about the upcoming ATT Diplomatic Conference in New York, as well as a football match, a film screening and a debate with youth about the misuse of SALW in Burkina-Faso. 

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