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Report On Illicit Small Arms And Light Weapons Proliferation And Fragility Situations (Central African Republic)
Report On Illicit Small Arms And Light Weapons Proliferation And Fragility Situations (Central African Republic)
By admin In Reports Posts Posted August 16, 2018 0 Comments

Proliferation of illicit SALW in the Central African Republic (CAR) has for many years undermined possibilities for state stability, and contributed to continual political crisis in the fragile state. Since its independence from France in 1960, CAR has experienced violent conflicts. The country was recently ranked the third most fragile State in the 2015 Fragility Situations Index by The Fund for Peace.

This study examined the relationship between fragility situations and proliferation of illicit SALW as well as the implications of the two for the development and livelihoods of the people of CAR.

The study found that fragility situations in CAR are manifested by the presence of internally displaced persons(IDPs), and ungoverned spaces. The study established the following as major drivers of fragility situations in the country: weak governance 85%, proliferation of illicit SALW 78%, protracted conflicts 75%, collapsed economy 74% and porous borders 70%.

The impact of fragility situations and proliferation of illicit SALW on development and livelihoods has been dire.

Populations have been displaced, lives lost and the provision of social services disrupted during the conflicts.

Further, unemployment has left populations vulnerable and prone to mobilization into armed criminal gangs thereby creating a vicious cycle of insecurity. Economic paralysis and political uncertainty have increased poverty levels and hampered direct foreign investments.

To build resilience, the study recommends the following: strengthening of governance institutions, management and control of SALW, security sector reforms, and disarmament of ex-combatants and civilians. In a nutshell there is need for a comprehensive post-conflict reconstruction that will integrate human security.

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1/4 Today RECSA in partnership with MSAG & BICC opened a regional training for LEAs & the military on Physical Security & Stockpile Mgt (PSSM).The course will run from 11-15 Oct & selected best participants will continue with 1 week ToT program to produce future PSSM instructors.

RECSA Executive Secretary's Statement during the #UNSC Meeting addressing the threat posed by the illicit flow of #SALW in the context of Peace Operations.
https://recsasec.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-RECSA-ES-UNSC-STATEMENT-A4.pdf

1/2 RECSA ES stated that before deployment of Peace Keepers the UN should be able to know the source of illicit weapons hence the missions should include undertaking interventions aimed at cutting off the source of the illicit Fire Arms.

RECSA ES: Through its Regional approach,RECSA has achieved significant results in Small Arms management and control interventions #UNSC

Happening Now:#UNSC Meeting addressing threat posed by the illicit flow of #SALW in the context of Peace Operations.The RECSA Executive Secretary is giving a briefing on RECSA's mandate

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