Latin America and the Caribbean: New report on national capacities to address armed violence

Action on Armed Violence, SEHLAC (Seguridad Humana en Latinoamerica y el Caribe), CERAC  (Conflict Analysis Resource Centre), SERPAJ Ecuador, Sou da Paz and the Violence Prevention Alliance in Jamaica are launching a report looking at national capacities to address the issue of armed violence in 12 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The report documents states’ efforts to measure, monitor and analyse the phenomenon of armed violence; develop and implement legal instruments and programs to address victims’ rights; and develop and implement legal instruments and programs to prevent and reduce armed violence. During the national launch events, the organisations will present a set of key recommendations, and a specific national report for each country providing further recommendations and data. The report has been presented to the Parliamentary Forum of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Summit in Cartagena de Indias, to the Andean Parliament and to Vice Ministers of Central America during the Security Commission Meeting of Sica on 12June. The reports are available at: www.aoav.org.uk