DI member organisation: Babylon National Human Rights Association held a conference on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Iraq. Participants stressed the need to educate and enlighten the next generations of the need to build peace rather than conflict between nationalities.
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2008 Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
In collaboration with other civil society organisations, DI member organisation: Babylon National Human Rights Association, held a conference on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Iraq. Discussion focused on the suffering caused by small arms. The conference was attended by representatives of the federal Iraqi government, civil society, Iraqi tribes, institutions and a number of Iraqi political actors.
In addressing the suffering and insecurity caused by small arms and light weapons, participants stressed the need to educate and enlighten the next generations of the need to build peace and friendship rather than violence, oppression and conflict between nationalities and civilizations.
Occastion: The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
Where: Babylon – Iraq
When: 4 June 2008
Participants urged the government to control the important of small arms and light weapons, as well as violent video games which have been linked to aggressive behavior and can alter the brain activity patterns.
A final statement issued by the conference underscored the need to achieve security and stability in Iraq and called upon the authorities to establish national mechanisms for controlling the possession of small arms by civilians and armed groups.