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.
In May 2012, as part of the 'Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Assistance Package for Caribbean States,' the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, provided a set of hydraulic shears to the Bahamas. This provides a permanent and sustainable capacity to destroy surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms.
On 21-22 May 2012, IANSA together with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) organised a conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to prepare for the ATT Diplomatic Conference in July 2012.
On 30 April 2012, the Mexican Lower House of Congress approved a law for the rights of victims of violence, including gun violence. Approved by the Senate, the new law will establish a national registry of victims, and victims and their families will be entitled to compensation of up to US $70,000.00, as well as legal and medical support.
On 14-15 May 2012 in Argentina, IANSA members from Latin America including Viva Rio, Instituto Latinoamericano de Seguridad y Democracia (ILSED), Red Argentina para el Desarme, and the Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (IELSUR), participated in a seminar on arms proliferation and control in the region. The seminar, organised by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, included analysis of disarmament initiatives and programmes by civil society.
In Cambodia, UN special envoy Surya Subedi, has called for a halt to the increasing use of firearms against human rights activists. A series of recent shootings has highlighted an apparent increasing willingness to use force against protesters by private security guards, the military, the police and local government officials. Mr Subedi said, "I'm very much concerned by the trend - and that should be halted."
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