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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …