Coalition Dispatches

 

Coalition Dispatches are reports and updates from Control Arms members and partners from around the world on their activities and efforts to stop the proliferation and diversion of arms and ammunition. These stories will highlight in particular the coalition’s contributions to the universalization of the Arms Trade Treaty.

January 17th, 2019 - Indian Disarmament Organization Holds Seminar Regarding Mine Disarmament of Indian Border

Indian Disarmament Organization Holds Seminar Regarding Mine Disarmament of Indian Border

On December 1st, 2019, the Indian Institute for Peace Disarmament & Environmental Protection organized a seminar in Sri Ganganagar, India to address the issue of drugs, small arms proliferation and anti-personnel mines which have been the root cause of human suffering and instability in the region. Sri Ganganagar, a city which lies only 8 kilometers from the Indian-Pakistani border, has witnessed numerous casualties and experienced devastating levels of violence owing primarily to the presence of anti-personnel mines. Although the region was de-mined by the Indian government in 2003, numerous women and children were killed and maimed during this one and a half year period of demining, leaving many disadvantaged and desperate for reconciliation.

With Sri Ganganagar serving as a reminder of the devastating consequences of irresponsible arms proliferation, the 72 participants, including bureaucrats, representatives from the military as well as women/youth leadership and relatives of victims, media representatives and central and provincial politicians of the Indian government, demanded that small arms be strictly regulated and landmines be entirely banned. In his opening address, Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey stressed the importance of the Mine Ban Treaty and the efforts of the ICBL to curb the implementation and destruction of AMP mines and other forms of small arms weapons. Kurvey, who serves as the President of the Indian Institute for Peace Disarmament & Environmental Protection as well as other speakers at the seminar stressed the importance of this issue to the people living and working within regions affected by small arms and landmines. B. Bhadrecha, the secretary of the Association of Landmines and Small Arms Victims of Punjab, for instance, highlighted in his remarks the devastating effects of SALWs trafficking in Indian provinces as well as in other South and South-East Asia countries. Mr. Bhadrecha explained that irresponsible SALW proliferation can have far-reaching consequences,  pointing to provinces such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh where SALWs have hindered development. The universal adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), as Bhadrecha proposes, is the only way to curb the issue of illegal trafficking of SALWs, and ultimately prevent armed violence that hinders development and contributes to human suffering.

Following an animated discussion  delegates adopted a resolution which will be sent to the government of India. The ratification of this  treaty, along with compensation and rehabilitation for victims of landmines and small arms were the key elements of the outcome document.

January 17th, 2019 - MI-RPD Celebrates 15th Anniversary Founding

MI-RPD Celebrates 15th Anniversary Founding

On 15 March 2020, the Mechanism of Search for Peace and Development Initiative will celebrate its 15th anniversary since its establishment. Founded in 2005 Burundi by Jean Claude Sinzinkayo along with 200 fellow Burundians, the MI-RPD was initially founded to provide support to peacebuilding and security programs within the region, work to reduce the number of illegal arms holders, encourage  the universalization and implementation of international and regional arms control and disarmament instruments , and contribute to efforts to maintain peace and security in Burundi and surrounding regions.

The MI-RPD has made progress towards many of these goals through sustained activities and engagement. For instance, the organization helped reduce substantially the number of firearms in civilian possession  as well as illegal arms and weapons from police and defense forces’ stockpiles. The MI-RPD has also contributed to programs aimed to support the re-incorporation of ex-combatants into civilian society, through training in micro-finance and social reintegration. The MI-RPD has also been engaged in advancing  stronger domestic legislation on arms possession in South Sudan and Uganda which has resulted in a significant reduction in armed violence.

The MI-RPD will celebrate it’s 15th anniversary, along members and dignitaries, in Nairobi, Kenya on March 15th, 2020 in conjunction with the 16th anniversary of the Nairobi Protocol and the Nairobi Declaration.