India and Humanitarian Disarmament Newsletter – July 2013 Edition

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. Welcome to the July 2013 edition of the Disarmament newsletter, which brings you regular updates on work done on the same.

Disarmament has been recognized as a tool to enhance international, national and human security, for states and for people. Only by approaching disarmament in the broadest sense – including the humanitarian and development aspects – can real progress be achieved.

In this issue of our newsletter, we have included different sections on 'Humanitarian Disarmament' along with updates on the progress of disarmament from countries around the world.

Please do visit our website and for more details and regular updates.

With kind regards,
Binalakshmi Nepram
Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
Secretary-General, Control Arms Foundation of India


  1. Unidentified Persons Disarm MLA’s PSO
    Source: Greater Kashmir, 4 July 2013
    Police have started inquiry against the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of MLA Pulwama Muhammad Khalil Bandh, whose weapon was snatched by unidentified persons Wednesday. Read More


  1. Economic And Social Council Adopts Resolution On Gender Mainstreaming In The United Nations System
    Source: UNOG, 24 July 2013
    The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning adopted a resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.  The Council also held a panel discussion on making the United Nations system accountable for gender equality and women’s empowerment: progress, gaps and challenges; and a general discussion on women and development and the advancement of women. Read More

  1. Nothing New In The Corruption Behind The UK Government’s ‘Arms For Dictators’ Scandal
    Source:, 18 July 2013
    The fringe issue of arms export criteria became headline news today, with the Independent’s splash on an ‘arms for dictators’ scandal. A parliamentary report by the Committees on Arms Export Controls raised a few eyebrows, but the embarrassment of the government approving arms sales to 25 out of 27 of the countries blacklisted as human rights abusers will soon vanish. Read More
  2. Army Should Disarm Egypt's Militarized State
    Source: The Moscow Times, 22 July 2013
    Egypt's crisis has been called the worst in its history. But in fact, it bears a striking resemblance to a previous episode, almost 60 years ago. Read More
  3. From Tension To Truce: How Somalia Can Disarm Their War-Torn Nation
    Source: Hiiraan Online, 30 July 2013
    Peace — it’s an idea not often associated with Somalia. As civil war continues to contain the nation, a blueprint for peace is slowly being pieced together. Read More


  1. UN Condemns Attack On Disarmament Convoy
    Source: Scoop World, 3 July 2013
    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today strongly condemned an attack on a disarmament convoy carrying its national authority head, and urged that those responsible be brought to justice. Read More
  2. South Korea’s F-X Project And Structural Disarmament
    Source: The Diplomat, 19 July 2013
    The F-X project in South Korea was initially proposed in the early 1990s, to ultimately replace the country’s F-4 and F-5 fleet and gain air supremacy over North Korea. Read More
  3. 6 Months After Newtown, Shameful Inaction
    Source: The New Haven Register, 20 July 2013
    That nothing has changed in terms of federal legislation six months after the Newtown, Connecticut gun massacre testifies to the disgrace that is Washington D.C. It doesn’t mean, however, that nothing has changed. Read More
  4. Castalia Police Disarm 'Bombs'
    Source: Sandusky Register, 23 July 2013
    "An officer was making rounds and noticed something suspicious near the AT&T building," Castalia police Chief Ken Majoy said. Read More
  5. Forced To ‘Disarm People Forcibly’
    Source: Sense Tribunal, 25 July 2013
    After a two-week break, General Dragomir Keserovic returned to the witness stand in the case against the former Republika Srpska president Radovan Karadzic to answer the prosecutor’s questions about his findings whose purpose was to contest the conclusions reached by the prosecution military expert Ewan Brown. Read More
  6. Oxfam Reaction To UN Announcement On The Enforcement Of A Security Zone And Call For Disarmament In Goma And Sake
    Source: Oxfam, 31 July 2013
    "The humanitarian repercussions from the escalation in conflict have already been devastating for the civilian population with tens of thousands fleeing to safety internally and across the border into Uganda.” Read More
  7. UN Gives DR Congo Rebels 48 Hours To Disarm
    Source: Capital News, 31 July 2013
    The United Nations threatened to use force against M23 rebel forces near Goma city, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, if they do not disarm within 48 hours. Read More


  1. US Bishops Support Nuclear Disarmament, Middle East Peace Efforts
    Source: Catholic News Agency, 2 July 2013
    In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine. Read More
  2. Nuclear Weapons Will Be With Us For A While
    Source:, 4 July 2013
    As a military professional, I would be unenthusiastic, of course, about the global military dominance that the United States would enjoy if nuclear weapons miraculously disappeared from Russia's arsenal. Read More
  3. Australia’s Nuclear Disarmament Hypocrisy
    Source:, 5 July 2013
    On the face of it, Australia is a great advocate for global peace and disarmament efforts. It played a proactive role on banning chemical weapons, giving its name to the Australia Group of countries aimed at preventing the spread of chemical weapons. Read More
  4. Prague To Berlin: Slow Progress In Nuclear Disarmament
    Source:, 5 July 2013
    While speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in mid-June 2013, President Barack Obama of the United States once again outlined his vision for nuclear disarmament. Read More
  5. Letting Go Of Our Nukes
    Source: 6 July 2013
    President Obama recently called on Russia to join with the United States in negotiating a mutual reduction in strategic nuclear warheads that would leave each country with slightly more than 1,000. Read More
  6. Israel Increases Pressure On U.S. To Act On Iran
    Source: The New York Times, 14 July 2013
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ramped up pressure on the White House on Sunday to put the buildup of Iran’s nuclear program ahead of other crises in the Middle East, complaining of a lack of urgency on the issue and saying that the Obama administration must demonstrate “by action” to Iran’s newly elected president that “the military option which is on the table is truly on the table.” Read More
  7. Texas: Radiation Leak Detected
    Source: The New York Times, 16 July 2013
    Investigators have detected radiation in a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and are trying to determine if anyone may have been contaminated, officials said Tuesday. Read More
  8. Nuclear Program Talks Could Resume, Iranian Official Says
    Source: The New York Times, 17 July 2013
    Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the country was prepared to resume suspended talks on its disputed nuclear program with the six big world powers after Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani, takes office early next month. Read More
  9. Next Steps With Iran
    Source: The New York Times, 20 July 2013
    The closer the world gets to serious diplomatic engagement with Iran on its nuclear program, the more hard-liners in Washington and abroad will push military action if the effort fails. Read More
  10. North Korea Said To Stop Construction At Rocket Site
    Source: The New York Times, 23 July 2013
    Satellite images show that North Korea has halted work at a complex believed to have been intended to allow it to launch bigger and longer-range rockets, a Washington-based research organization reported on Tuesday. Read More
  11. Iran Is Said To Want Direct Talks With U.S. On Nuclear Program
    Source: The New York Times, 26 July 2013
    Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq told the Obama administration this month that Iran was interested in direct talks with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program, and said that Iraq was prepared to facilitate the negotiations, Western officials said Thursday. Read More
  12. Rouhani And The Iranian Bomb
    Source: The New York Times, 27 July 2013
    As Hassan Rouhani prepares to become the next president of the Iranian Islamic Republic, it is worth recalling the leading role he played as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in late 2003, when the clandestine program run by the Revolutionary Guards to produce a nuclear weapon was halted. Read More
  13. House Weighs Iran Measure Amid Doubts On Timing
    Source: The New York Times, 30 July 2013
    Legislation that would impose the toughest sanctions to date on Iran over its disputed nuclear program has been scheduled for a vote in the House on Wednesday, four days before the inauguration of that country’s newly elected president, a moderate cleric who has made improved relations with the United States an important goal. Read More


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