Paraguay: Disarm Domestic Violence campaign gains ministerial support

IANSA women in Paraguay are campaigning for a comprehensive law to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women and to include provisions to remove guns from perpetrators in cases of domestic violence. On 14 September 2011, activists from Amnesty International Paraguay delivered a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Minister for Women, Ms Gloria Rubin, and to representatives of the Drafting Committee responsible for the law. Ms Rosalia Vega of Amnesty International Paraguay said, "We urge the drafting committee [...] to investigate the relationship between the ownership and possession of firearms and domestic violence in homes." She added, "We also ask that the Draft will include measures such as ban on possession and carrying and, where appropriate, the confiscation of firearms in domestic violence cases". Sign the petition here.