Community Meetings |
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EU ASAC Programme Manager David de Beer addresses a community meeting held in a pagoda in Barset district, Kompong Spue province in 2002.
Since 2000, EU ASAC, often in
partnership with over Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), has organised
provincial, district, commune and village level public awareness meetings.
These meetings have four distinct aims:
To gain the commitment and cooperation of the local
authorities on issues relating to collecting weapons from the civil population,
identifying priority target areas and groups and raising public awareness
To raise awareness amongst local communities on the
destabilising effects of small arms on society
To encourage the voluntary hand in of illegally held weapons
by the civil population
- To encourage dialogue and cooperation between the local civil
population, civil authorities, security authorities and civil society
organisations on the issues of security and small arms.
WGWR with EU ASAC support recently ran a campaign to reduce weapons-related
violence before the Cambodian national parliamentary elections that were held on
27 July 2003. This campaign included a large national seminar during which
debates were held on how to tackle the issue of politically motivated armed