Jordan: IANSA member gathers community leaders in workshop on gun violence prevention

On 22 February, more than 100 community leaders gathered for a 3-hour workshop on how to reduce gun violence in Madaba, Jordan. It was organised by IANSA member Madaba for Supporting Development (MSD) with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Several leaders spoke at the event, highlighting the negative impact of gun proliferation in Jordan, calling for stronger efforts to implement existing gun laws, and for a strong ATT to help prevent armed violence. Whalid Faori from the Public Security Directorate in Madaba said the number of crimes involving small arms had increased from 365 cases in 2007 to record-high 1348 incidents in 2011. Roar Haugsdal of the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, said “Norway works to promote stricter international regulation of the trade of small arms to prevent and reduce armed violence. We encourage civil society actors like MSD to play an active and critical role in the ongoing Arms Trade Treaty process, and regard their participation as essential to the legitimacy of the process”.