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Tak Mashiko
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 7:25:54 PM
Rank: Administration

Joined: 3/7/2006
Posts: 194
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Public Awareness
Title: WAANSA President urges violence-free Ghanaian elections

WAANSA President urges violence-free Ghanaian elections
The President of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Mr. Baffour Dokyi Amoa, has called on youth leaders in communities and various political parties to advise their supporters that they should keep in their minds that Ghana is their only country. Mr. Dokyi Amoa made this comment when he presented 20,000 posters, worth $32,000, to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Accra, to be used to campaign for violence-free elections. Speaking on the dangers of small arms and light weapons, Mr. Dokyi Amoa pointed out that over two hundred illicit arms were circulating in the country and the need to avoid using such weapons at any time, especially during and after the election (Ghanaian Chronicle).

Source: Ghanaian Chronicle
http://www.modernghana.com/newsp/189732/1/pageNum1/we-have-one-ghana-dokyi-amoa.html
Date of Issue: 06 November


Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:40:11 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Public Awareness
Title: Arming poses threat to peace in Ghanaian elections

Mr Emmanuel Sowatey, a security and small arms expert, has cautioned that reports that some people, particularly the youth, are being armed to foment trouble during the December 7 Ghanaian elections pose a serious threat to the peace and security in the country. He has, therefore, called on the police and the other security agencies to act decisively to deal with the situation, while calling on the general public to report any person involved in illegal arms dealing. Allegations are rife that some youth groups in certain parts of the country are being armed to cause trouble during the electioneering period. This gives much cause for concern, in view of the nexus that the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms draws between human security and small arms proliferation in terms of the perpetration of human rights abuse, the generation of conflict and the establishment of a culture of impunity. (Daily Graphic, Ghana)

Source: Daily Graphic, Ghana
http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/200811/22706.asp
Date of Issue: 13 November

Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:41:49 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: ECOWAS
Title: Security experts in West Africa worried

Security experts in West Africa are still worried about what they describe as high proliferation of small arms and light weapons in many unauthorised hands in the sub-region. They describe the situation as worrisome, especially in the era of delicate elections in the sub-region, adding that small arms and light weapons could facilitate illicit activities such as narcotics trade, organised crime and brute violence. The experts were speaking at the opening of a 10-day training programme taking place in Accra, Ghana, to build the capacity of security personnel to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in ECOWAS. Participants comprised members of National Commissions of Small Arms and Light Weapons in member countries as well as staff of partner institutions at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). (Peace FM Online, Ghana)

Source: Peace FM Online, Ghana
http://www.peacefmonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18130:security-experts-in-west-africa-worried&catid=15:social-news&Itemid=56
Date of Issue: 19 November
Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:43:06 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: ECOWAS Convention
Title: Call for action to tackle arms proliferation in West Africa

Government experts responsible for applying international treaties in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called on member States that have yet to ratify the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and other Related Materials (SALW) to do so and to work more closely with civil society in ensuring its full implementation. This was a major recommendation of the seventh seminar on international humanitarian law treaties in West Africa, organized jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ECOWAS in Abuja from 27 to 29 October. Thirty-five experts attended. On the final day, ambassadors of the 15 ECOWAS member States, alongside key donor-country representatives, joined the participants to discuss the issue of arms proliferation in the region as well as the new convention prohibiting cluster munitions, which will be opened for signature in Oslo on 3 December. (WOW, Gambia)

Source: WOW, Gambia
http://wow.gm/africa/nigeria/abuja/article/2008/11/7/nigeria-call-for-action-to-tackle-arms-proliferation-in-west-africa
Date of Issue: 07 November
Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:44:35 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Public Awareness - ECOWAS Convention
Titile: WANEP workshop on SALW/cluster munitions

The West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP), on Monday began a two-day capacity building and sensitisation workshop for stakeholders. The training session aims at raising awareness on the relevant international instruments with a particular focus on the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons following the Convention on Cluster munitions that was recently negotiated and adopted in Dublin, Ireland. The workshop also provides the opportunity to develop, lobby and advocate skills for the ultimate ratification and domestication of the said conventions. The two-day training session brought together participants from NGOs, media, civil society organisations and members of the National Assembly. The training session will also expose participants to the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the Land Mine treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions that are regarded as key international instruments aimed at addressing those issues. (WOW, Gambia)

Source: WOW, Gambia
http://wow.gm/africa/gambia/article/2008/11/11/wanep-trains-stakeholders-on-ecowas-convention-on-salw
Date of Issue: 11 November
Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:45:29 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: ECOWAS Convention
Title: Les députés ont voté la convention sur l’interdiction des armes légères

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères ivoirien, SEM Youssouf Bakayoko, était le mardi à la faveur d’une séance parlementaire devant les députés membres de la Commission des affaires extérieures. Le commissaire du gouvernement a défendu entre autres un projet de loi autorisant le Président de la république à ratifier la convention de la Cedeao sur les armes légères et de petit calibre, leurs munitions et autres matériels connexes, signée le 15 juillet 2005 à Cotonou au Bénin. Certains députés n’ont pas manqué d’exprimer leurs préoccupations car la crise n’est pas encore terminée en Côte d’Ivoire. Les Forces de défense et de sécurité sont même moins équipées que les bandes armées et des bandits de grand chemin, alors pourquoi la Côte d’Ivoire doit-elle céder sa souveraineté au président de la Commission de la Cedeao et à des chefs d’Etat dont la sincérité laisse à désirer ? Le ministre des Affaires étrangères a cité le Ghana et le Niger qui ont eu des cas d’exemption réussis et montré toute l’importance qu’il y a pour notre pays de ratifier cette Convention pour mieux maîtriser l’insécurité et le mouvement des armes dans notre sous-région. (Fraternité Matin, Côte d’Ivoire)

Source: Fraternité Matin, Côte d’Ivoire
http://www.fratmat.info/1,,,1_fgfd10,,1.php?,__=eb,,0-0&el=FKaVL0&bv=AS0LH3QXD5
Date of Issue: 14 November

Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:46:36 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Capacity Building
Title: Small and light weapons danger to achieving MDGs in West Africa

The easy accessibility to small arms and light weapons could thwart the West-African sub-region's critical agenda to consolidate peace and the prospects of achieving the MDGs. The key to the success of consolidating peace is for players in the sub-region to consistently coordinate their responses in tackling the proliferation of small arms to engender human security and sustainable development, Daouda Toure, Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, said on Monday. He said this in a speech read for him at the opening of a two-week pilot course on small arms and light weapons for 30 participants from the sub-region at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra. The course, which is supported by the Government of Japan, is part of a three-year programme targeting the National Commission for Small Arms and Light Weapons of ECOWAS countries to build the capacity of their staff in controlling small arms and light weapons proliferation. It is a joint project of the Japanese government, UNDP and the government of Ghana. (Ghana News Agency)

Source: Ghana News Agency
http://www.modernghana.com/news/191000/1/small-and-light-weapons-danger-to-achieving-mdgs-i.html
Date of Issue: 17 November
Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:47:58 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Proliferation of Small Arms
Titile: Experts worried about proliferation of small arms in West Africa

Security experts in West Africa are still worried about what they describe as high proliferation of small arms and light weapons in many unauthorized hands in the sub-region. They describe the situation as worrisome, especially in the era of delicate elections in the sub-region, adding that small arms and light weapons could facilitate illicit activities such as narcotics trade, organized crime and brute violence. They mentioned some of the countries where small arms and light weapons had been used to cause mass destruction and undermine development as Sierra Leone, the Niger Delta in Nigeria, Liberia and some parts of Ghana. (Daily Graphic)

Source: Daily Graphic
http://www.modernghana.com/news/191478/1/experts-worried-about-proliferation-of-small-arms.html
Date of Issue: 20 November

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