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Four Countries join the
Firearms Marking Program

Signing of Cooperation Agreement at the OAS for Firearms Marking Project

JOSÉ MIGUEL INSULZA, THE SECRETARY GENERAL of the OAS, welcomed Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Panama, and Peru, on February 6th, to the group of countries which signed a treaty of cooperation allowing them to receive both the necessary equipment to mark firearms as well as the storage of related data.  Within the terms of the Agreement, the countries have agreed to mark a predetermined number of weapons over the course of a year.

Since September 2009, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States has been a vocal supporter of the project, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which allows for the authorities of OAS member States - twenty of whom have already joined the effort, to identify decommissioned weapons and determine their origin. 

This effort stems from the fact that the traffic of illicit firearms is one of the main criminal enterprises associated with organized crime. Furthermore, violence stemming from illegal weapons has been responsible for the majority of homicides accredited to the region.

Press Relases
» Guatemala firma con secretario adjunto OEA acuerdo para marcar armas de fuego (Agencia EFE)
» Agreement on firearms marking signed with OAS (Antigua Observer)
» Dominica joins Antigua and Barbuda, Panama, and Peru in signing OAS agreement to promote firearms marking (The Dominican, Dominica)

» OAS to Execute a Firearms Marking Project in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Panama, and Peru (The Bahamas Weekly, Bahamas)

» OAS Donates Firearms Marking Equipment to Ecuador (Presszoom News Agency)
» OEA ejecutará programa de marcaje de armas de fuego en Perú(Agencia Andina)
» OEA ejecutará proyecto de marcaje de armas de fuego en Antigua y Barbuda, Dominica, Panamá y Perú (Agencia Orbita)
» Canciller signa convenio con OEA para marcar armas de fuego (Prensa Libre, Guatemala)

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
Other news
» OAS to beef up Belize’s security (The Reporters, Belize)
» 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)

» 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)
» Bielsa recibio a ejecutivo de la OEA contra el abuso de drogas (El Comercial, Argentina)
» Programa de la OEA de tratamiento contra las drogas se implementará en Panamá (Agencia EFE)
» OAS Stresses the Challenges and the Importance of Confronting Cyber-crime in a Coordinated Manner(The Bahamas Weekly, Bahamas)
» OEA condena “criminales atentados” en Colombia‎ (Agencia AFP)
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Selected publications
Alertamerica.org: Report on Citizen Security 2011
PDF,  10 MB
Documentos Claves de la OEA sobre Seguridad. Volumen II
PDF,  1.5 MB
La Seguridad
Pública en las Américas: Retos y Oportunidades
La Cárcel: Problemas y Desafíos para las Américas
PDF, 7.4 MB
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