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OAS highlights serious problems
of Firearms in the Region

Opening session of the OAS Seminar on trafficking of illicit firearms in the Hemisphere

GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES, representatives of agencies and international organizations, experts, academics, and law enforcement officials, held a seminar from the 6th to the 8th of February to exchange information, update knowledge, propose alternative solutions, and analyze the current challenges presented by the trafficking of illicit firearms in the Hemisphere.  The meeting, organized by the General Secretariat of the OAS and the Inter-American Defense Board via the Inter-American Defense College, falls under the mandates established by the Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).

In addition, on February 9, a meeting of the OAS’s Expert Group will be held to prepare model legislation with respect to illicit arms trafficking. The meeting will discuss proposed legislation regarding such topics as supervised surrender, the upholding of legislation, confidentiality, the exchange of information and security measures. Once these proposals have been evaluated and approved, the OAS will have at its disposal a comprehensive body of legislative guidance, which will subsequently be made available to Member States.  This meeting will, in turn, facilitate the development of domestic legislation, guaranteeing the full implementation of the above initiative.

The illicit trade in firearms is associated with multiple forms of violence and criminality that generate high human, social, and economic costs in the Americas.

Based on the parameters dictated by CIFTA and in full compliance with the mandates of political entities, the OAS General Secretariat focused on coordinating and promoting cooperation between the hemispheric countries, as it previously has with other international entities such as the Inter-American system, in an effort to achieve the development and strengthening of member countries’ national capabilities, required to effectively combat illicit arms trafficking.

The illicit trade in firearms is associated with multiple forms of violence and criminality that generate high human, social, and economic costs in the Americas. Thus, taking action to combat this phenomenon is of critical importance in order to achieve better security conditions and bolster our citizens’ prosperity. Combating illicit firearms trafficking is a critical working tool for the OAS with regards to strengthening public security and ensuring the safety of all citizens in the Hemisphere.

 
Press Relases
» OAS Calls to Confront Causes of the Illicit Trafficking of Firearms (Caribarena, Antigua)
» OAS to Hold Seminar on Illicit Trafficking of Firearms (Caribbean News, Estados Unidos)
» OAS head wants region to confront 'causes' of illicit firearms trafficking (Jamaica Observer)

» Insulza: flujo de armas ilegales mina lucha contra crimen en América (Agencia AFP)

» OEA: armas hacia América Latina (VOA, Estados Unidos)
» OEA llama a enfrentar las causas del tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego (Radio Sucre, Ecuador)
» OEA inaugura conferencia sobre tráfico ilícito armas fuego (Associated Press)
 
 
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OAS Training Institutes of Foreign Affairs on Trafficking in Persons in Kingston, Jamaica

Report on two day conference held in St. Kitts & Nevis entitled “Confronting the Challenges of Youth Crime and Violence in Society: Defining a Multi-Sectoral Response.”

June 24, 2009
 
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» OAS to beef up Belize’s security (The Reporters, Belize)
» OAS head wants region to confront 'causes' of illicit firearms trafficking (Jamaica Observer)
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Insulza: flujo de armas ilegales mina lucha contra crimen en América (Agencia AFP)

» Guatemala firma con secretario adjunto OEA acuerdo para marcar armas de fuego (Agencia EFE)
» OAS to Execute a Firearms Marking Project in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Panama, and Peru (The Bahamas Weekly, Bahamas)
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