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Gambia

Gambian Man Convicted for Illegal Gun Possession

11 December 2013

Point (Gambia)

One Gibril Bojang, a prescription for the cattle at Kanilai Family Farm, was Monday convicted by the Brikama Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate S.K. Jorbateh. Bojang was convicted on a charge of being in possession of firearm without authority. Delivering her judgement, the trial magistrate said she understood the convict was a first-time offender, a family man and a sole breadwinner. She said the convict was remorseful throughout the trial and if given... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

Anthropologist's NSF Project Tracks Gun Control in Gambia, West Africa

18 June 2012

University of Virginia

With al Qaeda and Latin American drug cartels moving into some parts of Africa, small arms control has become a matter of great concern to those involved with security. Anthropologist Niklas Hultin, who taught in the University of Virginia 's Global Development Studies program last year, is researching issues concerning gun control in Gambia on the west coast – a gateway for illegal trafficking. Hultin, who will be a research professor in the College of Arts &... (GunPolicy.org)

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Senegal,West Africa,Gambia,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau

West African NGO Launches Action Against Armed Violence in Senegal

12 May 2010

Afrique en ligne

DAKAR, Senegal - The Movement against Light Weapons in West Africa (MALA0), in partnership with civil society organizations, among them Présence chrétienne and SOS Equilibre, on Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, launched a week-long action against armed violence. The 10-16 May initiative, launched for the first time in 2001, aims at stopping the proliferation and the excessive use of small arms in the world. The initiative will also sensitize and campaign for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa,United Nations

West Africa, 153 UN Member States Promote Global Gun Trade Treaty

9 November 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

Every year, millions around the world suffer as a result of the non-regulation of the global arms trade. This year, on 30th October, 2009 at the United Nations, after years of discussions and debates, the vast majority of governments — 153 in total — agreed on a timetable to establish a"strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the highest common standards to control international transfers of conventional arms, a press release from WANEP-Gambia stated. There... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

Gambia, West African States Talk Again About Curbing Gun Trafficking

16 July 2009

Afrique en ligne / PANA

BANJUL, Gambia — The Gambia's legal instrument on arms and ammunition, its problems and challenges, as well as areas that require to be strengthened, will be examined at the forum of the 2009 ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Speaking at the opening of the forum Thursday, Gambia's Interior Minister Ousman Sonko, described the continued increase in drug trafficking, proliferation and trafficking in illicit weapons across the borders as serious cause... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,Cabo Verde,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau

West African States Plan to Set Up National Gun Control Commissions

25 June 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The Ministry of the Interior in partnership with the ECOWAS Small Arms and Light Weapons Programme (ECOSAP), last Tuesday began a two-day meeting on ECOSAP Cluster "A" review and planning for national commissions on small arms and light weapons, held at the Jerma Beach Hotel in Kololi. The meeting which comprised of delegates from Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia, is organized within the framework of the sub-regional initiative, spearheaded by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,United Nations

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence Underway in Ghana

17 June 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, organised by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) runs from 15-21 June 2009. In the course of this period, events are held in over 80 countries across the world, aimed at drawing attention to the human costs associated with proliferation and misuse of guns. Campaigners in The Gambia are also in the thick of things, joining their colleagues around the world in demanding effective policies to stem the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

West African NGOs Call for Ratification of Anti-gun Trafficking Convention

14 November 2008

Afrique en ligne / PANA

BANJUL, Gambia — The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), alarmed at the high number of small arms and light weapons in the sub-region, on Friday called on civil society organizations to engage policy makers to ratify the relevant convention. Ms. Pamela Cole, National Coordinator of WANEP, made the call at the end of a civil society organization training on how to build network and ensure that decision-makers are influenced towards policy change. She said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa,Europe

Legal Gun Trade is 'Source of All Weapons' as Europe Profits from Africa

1 July 2008

The Point (Banjul), Editorial

Many of our readers will be shocked by the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Interior, Honourable Ousman Sonko, that there are an estimated ten million (10,000,000) firearms in the West African sub-region. This is an extraordinary number and has the potential to wreak havoc and mayhem in our sub-region. It is very heartening however to see that the government is taking the issue so seriously. We must be very alert to this clear and present danger. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana,Gambia,West Africa

Gun Control Campaigners Aim to Curb War, Crime, Instability in West Africa

12 May 2008

Chronicle (Ghana)

The Mission Coordinator for the Ghana, Gambia and West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Orji Dickson N., has said that bad governance and manipulation of democratic institutions, was a salient factor for the uncontrolled accumulation, and flow of small arms and light weapons (SALW), in West Africa Sub-region. He attributed the influx of these small and light weapons, to insecurity, political instability, wars and organized criminality in West Africa.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

West Africa's ECOWAS Promotes Ratification of Small Arms Convention

24 October 2007

Daily Observer (Banjul)

An Ecowas delegation on Sunday arrived in The Gambia to advocate for the quick ratification and the coming into force of the Ecowas convention on small arms and light weapons, ammunitions and related materials. On 14th June 2006, Ecowas Heads of State and governments adopted the Ecowas convention on small arms and light weapons in Abuja, Nigeria . The sole aim of the convention, is to enthrone a culture of peace, through the control of proliferation of SALW in the sub... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

West African NGOs Promote Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

18 June 2007

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The West African Network on Peace-building (Wanep) The Gambia, has joined the rest of the world in observing the Global Week of Action Gun Violence from June 11 to 17. According to a press release from Wanep, people across the globe have united against guns during the annual Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (11-17 June 2007). "IANSA members in over 100 countries are highlighting the human cost of small arms proliferation and misuse, demanding that governments... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guinea-Bissau,Guinea,Gambia,Senegal

Guinea-Bissau Officials Publicly Burn Hundreds of Illegal Guns [Fr]

14 June 2007

Guineeconakry / AGP

[Translated summary: In Guinea-Bissau, the prefecture of Koumbia publicly incinerated 354 guns and light weapons]. Conakry — Dans la sous préfecture de Koumbia à Gaoual, les autorités civiles et militaires ont procédé samedi 9 juin dernier, à l'incinération de quelques 354 armes légères. Selon les observateurs, ces armes, circulaient dans les différentes frontières entre la Guinée , le Sénégal, la Gambie et la Guinée Bissao , il y a 60 ans ! … La... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

West African Peacebuilders Urge Action on Gun Proliferation in Gambia

15 June 2006

The Point (Banjul)

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Gambia, in collaboration with the Brikama Community, will be holding a grand cultural show at the Brikama mini-stadium on Saturday, 17 June 2006, starting at 5pm. "This Cultural Show is part of an ongoing Sensitizaiton Campaign that WANEP Gambia is spearheading to raise awareness in communities on the illicit proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the sub-region," a press release sent... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia

International Gun Control Campaign Kicks Off in Gambia

23 May 2006

Daily Observer (Banjul)

At least 40 youth anti-fire arms campaigners yesterday started a week-long exercise to collect 10,000 portraits and petitions as part of the ongoing global Control Arms Campaign. West African Network for Peace building (Wanep)- The Gambia, has twinned up with the International Action Network on Small Arms (Iansa), in collaboration with three youth organisations (Youth Crime Watch, Nayco, YAP) and the National Youth Council to collect portraits of individuals to add up... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia

In Gun Control Push, Control Arms Targets 10,000 Gambian Faces

20 May 2006

Daily Observer (Banjul)

At least 10,000 Gambian faces have been targeted for inclusion in the Million Face Petition of the ongoing Control of Arms Campaign. In The Gambia, West African Network for Peace Building (Wanep) — The Gambia is teaming up with the Oxfam, Amnesty and IANSA to collect photos and self-portraits of people in order to demonstrate to governments the need for "effective and urgent" action to control the arms trade, as well as present the target of one million faces around... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia,West Africa

Sub-Regional Gun Control Project Kicks Off in West Africa

17 May 2006

Daily Observer (Banjul)

Four West African countries implementing the Sub-regional Project on Small Arms and Light Weapons, yesterday started a meeting to assess and evaluate their programme of activities at the Corinthia Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. About 30 representaives from Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and The Gambia, including delegates from CECI, Oxfam UK, are attending the three-day sub-regional meeting that will also create the platform for the four countries to plan their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia

Gambia Launches Regional Gun Collection and Destruction Scheme

27 March 2006

Daily Observer (Gambia)

Wanep The Gamba in collaboration with the National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons and IOGT Basse recently launched a community sensitisation programme at Koina, Kantora District, Upper River Division (URD), for the voluntary surrender and destruction of arms in exchange for small-scale development projects. Speaking at the launch, Ms Pamela Cole, the National Coordinator of Wanep Gambia, said the programme will strengthen the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia

International Women's Day Brings Call for Gun Control in Gambia

8 March 2006

Daily Observer (Banjul)

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding — The Gambia (Wanep — The Gambia) joins civil society organizations and other institutions around the world to commemorate March 8, the International Women's Day. The organizers urged everybody to join the global campaign to reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. They said there will be a special focus on the worrying issue of women and small arms. According to organizers, Wanep -The Gambia,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gambia

Small Arms 'The World's Biggest Threat'

5 December 2005

Independent (Banjul), Editorial

Is there anything that has threatened the lives of humans in the world than arms and ammunition? The answer definitely is no. Everywhere we go we live with the fear of being trapped by gangsters, snipers or suicide bombers. The proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the world should be a cause for concern for every peace-loving human being under the sky. Mandinkas have a better name for gun — kido that means loneliness. Gun causes loneliness in the world... (GunPolicy.org)

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