La Paz, August 23rd, 2021 (United Nations). Thanks to the financial support of the European Union, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) delivered a Micro Percussion Machine for Firearms Marking with the aim of identifying and locating, without difficulties, each of the firearms that enter and circulate in Bolivia and strengthen the efforts of national authorities to optimize the control of illicit trafficking of firearms.
Bolivia adhered to the Firearms Protocol, in 2019 through Law No. 1245 of October 10, 2019. In this regard and in the framework of the Global Weapons Program, UNODC in Bolivia acquired, with funds from the European Union, a micro-percussion machine for the marking of firearms, in order to comply with the measures established by Law No. 400 on Control of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials.
The event took place at the Ministry of Defense and was attended by the Vice Minister of Defense and Cooperation for Integral Development, Adm. José Manuel Puente Guarachi, the Ambassador of the European Union, Michael Dóczy, the UNODC Representative in Bolivia, Thierry Rostan, and virtually from Vienna, Austria, the Head of the UNODC Global Programme on Firearms, Ms.Simonetta Grassi and the Regional Coordinator of the Global Programme, Ms. Lucía Gómez Consoli.
The Vice Minister of Defense and Cooperation for Integral Development highlighted the importance of fighting the problem of arms trafficking. "It is essential to join efforts to fight against this crime that threatens the peace and security of our country. As mentioned in the presentation of the marking machine, criminals do not rest, and we must be alert, vigilant and
The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts, Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol) is a legally binding international instrument that complements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and aims to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, especially when committed by transnational criminal organizations.
Text written by UNODC Bolivia - original can be found here.