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

UN Small Arms Process

Ambassador McLay, designated chair of the 2011 Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) has proposed that marking, record-keeping and tracing should be the theme for the meeting which will take place in New York on 9-13 May.

Small arms marking equipment worth more than US$ 350,000 was given to member states of the East African Community (EAC) in a ceremony in Arusha, Tanzania on 30 November.

Participants at a seminar on small arms control in Central Africa discussed how to ensure successful implementation of the ‘Kinshasa Convention’. Strengthening the Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA/RASALAC) was identified as key priority.

On 15-16 November, IANSA members formed part of an Expert Reference Group for a workshop in Geneva on "Shaping, Fine-Tuning and Finalising International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)".

The Omnibus Resolution on ‘The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects’ was adopted after some controversy by the UN First Committee on disarmament on 29 October. 

Disarm Domestic Violence

An International campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women is under way.

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

Nearly 60% of women murdered in Argentina from 1997 to 2010 were killed with a gun, according to IANSA member Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP).

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

IANSA Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, highlighting the campaign Disarm Domestic Violence, and calling for the inclusion of references to gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty

There are two stages involved in accrediting your NGO, and registering participants to attend the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Diplomatic Conference, UN Headquarters in New York, 2-27 July 2012.

On 5 April, alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison in a US Court.

On 20 March, IANSA members hosted a press conference in Bamako, Mali, on the campaign for a strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to help prevent serious human rights abuses and atrocities committed with small arms.

IANSA member Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) have released a new report on ‘Ammunition controls, the ATT, and Africa: Challenges, requirements, and scope for action’.

From 29 February – 2 March, Pacific states are meeting for a Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop in Brisbane, Australia.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

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.

West African Amnesty International Sections are organising a football match to raise awareness for the Golden Rule in the Arms Trade Treaty. AI Sections participating in the tournament are: AI Benin, AI Burkina Faso, AI Mali, AI Senegal, AI Togo. The big finale will be on 16 June. Meanwhile, AI Côte d'Ivoire is organising a public debate and AI Mali has already collected over 10.000 signatures for the Global Appeal.

M. Mwenebatende Dufina Tabu, president of the Association des Volontaires du Congo (ASVCO) gave a presentation to students of the University of Goma, following by a Q&A session on the week of action campaign, gun violence and the Kinshasa Convention. The students all expressed the wish to participate in a conference on small arms control and to encourage others to sign a petition calling on the central government of the DRC to ratify the Kinshasa Convention. Following the discussions, students decided to collect signatures on Friday at the university.

The President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) and Co-Chair of the IANSA International Advisory Committee, Baffour Amoa, was received by the Presidency of Cote d'Ivoire, where he took the opportunity to bring attention to the Week of Action and request Cote d’Ivoire's support for a strong and robust ATT during the Diplomatic Conference in July. Visiting Cote d’Ivoire from 10-15 June, the President of WAANSA also called on civil society to join the movement against gun violence and the proliferation of small arms.

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