Third Meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty: Clarifying Customs and Border Controls in Central America

12/09/2018
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13/09/2018
Activity description

In the framework of the project: "Capacities and exchange of experiences in the region: clarifying processes in customs and border control to promote inter-institutional coordination for the creation and articulation of policies in search of the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty ( ATT) ", the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, with funding from the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF), carried out the last regional activity part of the project on September 12-13, 2018. About 30 people from 7 countries participated (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica). These were representatives from customs, foreign ministry, national police and civil society from the different countries. 15 of these were foreign representatives and the remaining 15 were members of Costa Rican institutions such as the Ministry of Finance, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security, the Judicial Investigation Agency, the Public Police Force, among others.

The Arias Foundation gave introductory presentations of the Arms Trade Treaty (TCA) to ensure that all participants had the same level of knowledge on the subject. Then each country made a presentation on the situation in their respective countries regarding the creation of a national authority and ammunition control. Two field visits were also made, one to the forensics complex of the Judicial Investigation Agency and another to the Pablo Murillo Electromechanical armory in Costa Rica. In the forensics complex, a representative of the Investigation Division talked about the role of judicial experts on weapons and ammunition in the criminal sphere. During a subsequent visit to the Canine Unit, participants saw how dogs are trained to detect ammunition and other weapons components in investigations. In the armory, there was a demonstration of the review process that usually takes place in the fiscal warehouses at the time of receiving a shipment of weapons.

Project description

The scope of the project, "Capacities and exchange of experiences in the region: clarifying processes in customs and border controls to promote inter-institutional coordination for the creation and articulation of policies in search of the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)", implemented by Arias Foundation and funded by the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF), is to propose and promote a space for dialogue in Latin America so that representatives of both Civil Society and government institutions share experiences and knowledge regarding the current implementation of the ATT.

Type of Activity
Institutional capacity-building
Legal or legislative assistance
Sensitization and outreach
Technical material or financial assistance
Focus of Activity
Ammunition
Arms transfer controls
Border controls
Control list
International instruments
Inventory and stockpile management
Record-keeping
Regional cooperation
Reporting on arms transfers
Small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls
Partners
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Panama
Peru
Implementers
Arias Foundation
Donors
ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF)
Budget
23,000
USD
Contact Details

Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
Address: Avenida Segunda, calle 13 y 13 bis, San José
Telephone: +506 2222 9191.
Fax: +506 2257 5011.

Point of Contact: Ana Yancy Espinoza Quirós, Academics Director

Telephone:  +506 2222 9191

E-mail: ana.yancy@arias.or.cr