Tackling Trouble in Paradise: Regional Action on Small Arms in the Caribbean

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 With partners in Trinidad and Tobago, Project Ploughshares hosted a two-day workshop near Port of Spain in January that brought together state officials and civil society representatives to advance a regional response to the mounting threats and damage of illicit firearms in the Caribbean. The problem of small …

Strengthening CARICOM Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps The purpose of this background paper is to highlight the Caribbean Communities (CARICOM) commitment to the UN Programme of Action (PoA). Since all CARICOM member states are members of the Organization of American States (OAS), the paper also discusses the small arms control obligations arising from OAS instruments and describes how these instruments reinforce and advance the …

Reducing Armed Violence in the Caribbean: Challenges to Civil Society

Maribel Gonzales Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2009 Volume 30 Issue 2 With an annual murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants, the Caribbean in the past decade has experienced sharply rising levels of violence, marked by a fairly high and steadily increasing incidence of gun use (UNODC & World Bank 2007). The levels of violence vary widely among and within …

Meet Our Caribbean Partner: The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development

Maribel Gonzales Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2009 Volume 30 Issue 1 Annual murder rates in the Caribbean—at 30 per 100,000 inhabitants—are higher than in any other region of the world. The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) in Trinidad and Tobago, a longtime partner of Project Ploughshares, has been a vigorous campaigner against gun violence in the Caribbean. WINAD’s …

Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse: Towards a Caribbean plan of action

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons

Working Paper 08-1 In a 2007 report, the UN noted that murder rates in the Caribbean had reached 30 per 100,000 each year – higher than any other region of the world. Caribbean societies have the distinction of receiving illegal small arms at a rate that has consistently increased over the last decade, despite numerous costly and varied interventions by …

Addressing Small Arms Violence in the Caribbean

Kenneth Epps

Author Kenneth Epps The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2008 Volume 29 Issue 2 The complete workshop report, Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse: Towards a Caribbean Plan of Action, and the final declaration, Port of Spain Declaration, can be found here. Crime and violence perpetrated with readily available firearms are taking a rising toll on the small states of the Caribbean. Project Ploughshares …