Oxfam's Eileen Kolma and the Stop Gun
Oxfam New Zealand is an active member of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG), a group dedicated to reducing the deadly impact of armed violence in the Pacific region.
Small arms have already fuelled armed conflict in places such as Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.
The impact of small arms is especially damaging in the Pacific region because of a lack of state capacity, corruption and the illegal sale and diversion of ammunition to armed groups and individuals.
PSAAG was founded in July 2009 and includes organisations from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. The group works to:
- make sure Pacific groups are represented and heard at international negotiations on arms control
- provide information, expertise and research on the impact of small arms in the Pacific
- lobby governments directly for more controls on small arms
- support local initiatives against armed violence