South Africa: Celebrating a Gun Free World Cup


Despite concerns over South Africa's high rate of violent crime and gun violence there were few incidents during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a fact celebrated by the National Police Commissioner, General Bheki Cele. IANSA's 'Gun Free World Cup' campaign highlighted the importance of the gun ban in football stadiums for the duration of the tournament and raised awareness about the impact of gun violence. Now IANSA members are preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to build on the success enjoyed by South Africa.


Uganda: Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1325


In this 10th anniversary year of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and to mark the beginning of the African Women's Decade, IANSA Women in East Africa called for stronger support and commitment from their governments. On 12-13 July, women from 9 countries met to evaluate their states' implementation of Resolution 1325 at a conference organised by EASSI in Kampala, Uganda, and made links with small arms policy and control. Participants also reiterated the need to gender ongoing regional processes through an East African Protocol for Gender Equality.


Sierra Leone: National Commission established


After a 2 year process, and with significant input from civil society, Sierra Leone established a National Commission to control the illicit circulation of weapons in accordance with the ECOWAS small arms Convention on 1 July. Florella Hazeley of the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) said, "We are pleased that it is now an Act and that the Commission has the leverage to address issues on small arms and light weapons control".


International: BBC documentary on brokering

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Amnesty International features in a BBC radio documentary which reveals how arms brokering and trafficking networks benefit from lax regulations of shell companies operating under UK jurisdiction.. As a result many have supplied weapons to crisis zones including to countries under an arms embargo such as Rwanda and Sudan. Amnesty stated, "Here is the evidence base about how the shadowy world of arms brokering works. These dealers fuel tremendous human suffering, which is the true price for lax oversight of this system.  It is essential that current ATT negotiations include proposals to regulate arms brokers, traffickers and associated activities if the treaty is to help reduce human rights violations, conflict, poverty and armed violence".


SRIC director shot in Nairobi


Last week Jan Kamenju, Director of SRIC (Security Research and Information Center), was shot and critically injured by unknown assailants on his way home in Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently in intensive care at the Armed Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi.


Debate in Mozambique on the role of an Arms trade Treaty  


In Mozambique, more than 70 people participated in a debate on 8 July about the role of an ATT to counter the impact of armed violence on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The debate 'Security & its role for social and economic development' was organised by the Mozambican Force for Crime Investigation and Social Reinsertion (FOMICRES).


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