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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.

Representatives from Viva Rio, the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, IANSA and the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC) joined the Venezuelan Presidential Commission on Gun and Ammunition Control and Disarmament in a seminar to share experiences on gun violence reduction

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has launched a plan to promote disarmament ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil. It includes activities such as giving free tickets, footballs and shirts signed by footballers in return for guns handed in to authorities

On 21 October, the World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted the seminar "United Nations Hearing on the Global Arms Trade Treaty" in New York.Participants heard testimonies from those particularly affected by armed violence and human rights abuses as a result of the proliferation of small arms. Antonio Rangel Bandeira of Viva Rio, an IANSA member in Brazil, spoke about the relationship between gun trafficking and high rates of gun-related deaths.

The Brazilian national football team is supporting the Brazilian Disarmament Network, a coalition of more than 70 organisations, in a campaign for voluntary disarmament.

Viva Rio launched the Children’s Disarmament Campaign at the Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira school in Rio de Janeiro where 12 students were shot dead in April this year.

In Brazil, IANSA member Viva Rio collected more than 500 guns in just two weeks as part of a national campaign for voluntary disarmament.

The death toll from yesterday's shooting in the Tasso da Silveira primary school, Rio de Janeiro, rose to 13 as a 13 year old boy who had been injured by a bullet died in local hospital late yesterday.

Nine girls and one boy between 12 and 14 years old were killed when a 23-year old entered a classrom in Tasso da Silveira primary school,Rio de Janeiro, and opened fire with two .38 handguns

Viva Rio has released the result of a comprehensive research project on illicit trafficking on small arms in Brazil, based on the analysis of over 300,000 weapons seized and tracked throughout the country over the last 20 years.

Several IANSA members including Sou da Paz and Viva Rio from Brazil, and Amnesty International Chile participated in a conference on regional arms trafficking, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 9-10 December.

The Brazilian Minister of Justice has signed an agreement with IANSA member Viva Rio, establishing their disarmament campaign as a permanent state policy.

On 1 June, Viva Rio (Brazil) and IANSA members in other countries celebrated the lives of Pablo Dreyfus, Ana Carolina Rodrigues and Ronald Dreyer, three prominent members of the global movement on small arms who died in the Air France crash a year ago.

As military escorts provide security for food and water deliveries, looting appears to be subsiding in earthquake-devastated Haiti. However, concerns about public security remain as 4,000 prisoners escaped from Port-au-Prince’s main penitentiary.

We are saddened to hear the news about the devastating effects of the earthquake in Haiti. We are trying to contact our members there but so we far haven't heard from several of them.