A Tool to Fight Armed Violence: Caribbean states, hard hit by homicides and aggravated assaults, look to the ATT for solutions

Ploughshares Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Shorna-Kay Richards We Made History was the slogan adopted by the Control Arms coalition to mark the opening for signatures of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on June 3. Making history was no small feat, but a formidable coalition of states across regions, allied with intergovernmental organizations and civil society, succeeded in delivering the ATT. Countries of the …

Shedding Light on Private Security Companies in the Caribbean

John Siebert Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 3 Autumn 2013   A Report by Project Ploughshares and The University of the West Indies Provides New Data on the Industry The private security industry in the Caribbean has dramatically grown over the past two decades. Despite the fact that in many Caribbean nations the number of private security employees surpasses the number …

Private Security Companies in the Caribbean

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Defence & Human Security

Case studies of St. Lucia,Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica Authors Matthew Bishop, Kenneth Epps, Sheridon Hill, Annita Montoute, John Siebert This project, a collaboration between Project Ploughshares and the Institute of International Relations of The University of West Indies, contributes to the still limited published information on Private Security Companies (PSCs) in the Caribbean by creating case studies on the private …

Building Capacity: Caribbean Coalition for Development and Reduction of Armed Violence Training Manual

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Building Capacity: Caribbean Coalition for Development and Reduction of Armed Violence Training Manual This manual is a joint product of Project Ploughshares, Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence (CDRAV), and the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) of Trinidad and Tobago. The goal: to increase community safety and reduce armed violence in the Caribbean by building …

CARICOM and the Arms Trade Treaty: Toward an effective convention

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps Introduction The negotiation of an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has become a UN process of “high importance” for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is not difficult to see why. The Caribbean subregion is severely impacted by the irresponsible and illicit proliferation and transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and associated ammunition. Per capita murder …

Youth Armed Violence Interventions: The Caribbean and its Toronto Diaspora

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Sandra Chadwick-Parkes This paper was prepared for the Small Arms Working Group of Peacebuild. Project Ploughshares was the Coordinator of the Small Arms Working Group from 2004 through to 2010. The paper is part of a series that explored the relationship between armed violence and development. With 66 per cent of all homicides occurring in countries not experiencing major …

CARICOM Declaration on Small Arms

Maribel Gonzales Conventional Weapons, News

At the end of their annual summit this week, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states issued a declaration on small arms and light weapons (SALW). This is a highly significant development. Ploughshares and its partners in the Caribbean – CARICOM Implementation Agency on Crime and Security, Women’s Institute for Alternative Development, and the Caribbean Coalition for Development and Reduction of …

War in Paradise: Civil society groups battle Caribbean gun violence

Maribel Gonzales Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 The Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches. Yet amid this beauty are communities of violence where citizens are caught in a virtual state of war. The region’s homicide rate of 18.1 per 100,000 inhabitants is more than double the world average of 7.6 (UNODC 2004). And more …

Talking Crime in the Caribbean with Francis Forbes: An Interview

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons

The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2010 Volume 31 Issue 4 Gang and organized crime-related activities, including drug trafficking accompanied by epidemic levels of gun violence, threaten the democratic fabric of the Caribbean subregion. Between 2005 and 2008, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) registered 9,733 homicides (CARICOM 2010), the highest rates in the world. Project Ploughshares is embarking on a major collaborative project to …

Evolving Approaches to Armed Violence Reduction in the Caribbean

Maribel Gonzales Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 Armed violence is the intentional use of physical force, threatened or actual, with arms, against oneself, another person, group, community or State that results in loss, injury, death and/or psychosocial harm to an individual or individuals and that can undermine a community’s, country’s or region’s security and development achievements …