IANSA welcomes our new UN Liaison Officer, Rose Welsch. She takes over from Michele Poliacof, whom we thank for her years of dedicated service, and for agreeing to continue sharing her wisdom and advice with us. Rose will be responsible for coordinating civil society participation in the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms (BMS6), to be held at UN Headquarters in New York 6-10 June 2016.
Thirteen people were killed when armed bandits attacked a village in southern Philippines last week, according to reports. An estimated 70 armed men carried out a dawn raid on the village of Tubigan, in Basilian province, 900 miles south of Manila, opening fire before setting houses alight.
Small arms transfers are examined by Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, in a new book, Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations, edited by Mark Gibney and Sigrun Skogly (published by Pennsylvania Press).
The Uganda National Focal Point (NFP) on small arms and light weapons has destroyed ammunition at Bukasa, Bweyogerere, as part of an ongoing programme which has eliminated 66,000 firearms in the last three years.
The Youth Network of Religions For Peace pledged at a seminar in Buenos Aires to collect 50 million signatures worldwide calling for governments to reduce military expenditure by 10% and stop firearms proliferation, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
IANSA is a global voluntary network of organisations working to stop gun violence - including policy organisations, gun control groups, women's groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, health workers, survivors, human rights and community action organisations. More