Gun destruction – why it matters

by Luke Bacigalupo, SEESAC Junior Communications Consultant   When you work in a security-related field seeing illegal weapons that can end a life or cause debilitating injury being tossed aside and cut to pieces is a textbook example of a ...

Can gender perspectives change the way we do firearms control?

By Dragan Bozanic, Gender Project Officer, UNDP SEESAC   Quite a lot, our latest study shows. Men own over 95 per cent of firearms in the South East Europe region. They also dominate professions with easy access to firearms – the police and the ...

Marking International Gun Destruction Day – Prospects for unimpeded human development

By Minji Kim, UN Youth Volunteer in Justice and Human Security, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina We live in a world in which violence is easily enabled if those with harmful motives have ready access to the means of taking away human life. Not all cases ...

Accurate accounts: Reflections from a weapons identification workshop

by Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Project Officer ‘Know what you don’t know,’ said one of the trainers. I immediately took it as a philosophical cue, conjuring up an amalgamation of words I don’t know – from aardvark (is it an office supply item?) ...

#DontRuinTheParty!

By Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Project Officer   Your dog is shaking and whimpering. Your child jolts slightly for every ‘Bang!’ that fills the night. You comfort them because while fireworks are dangerous, you know you usually don’t have ...

Upgrading Watson

by Slobodan Bošković, SEESAC Project Officer/Advisor and Juliana Buzi, SEESAC Project Specialist When it comes to real-life crime, if police and forensic agencies are the Sherlocks, their equipment is definitely the “Watson”. It is the ...

Weapons know no boundaries!

By Balsa Lubarda, UNDP Montenegro The culture of ‘bearing arms’ has long stood beside the traditional definition of manhood, dignity: physical  proof of the ability to defend your loved ones. But what of the concept, “Human Security”? First ...

Diffusing the powder keg

 By Christopher Barber, SEESAC Junior Firearms Incidents Research Consultant In early July 2015, two Czech tourists were gunned down in the hauntingly beautiful mountains of northern Albania.   The 25-year old suspect, who allegedly committed ...

Constructive Destructions – Or, that time I philosophized over a manhole cover

By Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Project Officer Sparks are flying. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly metamorphosing into liquid. Wheelbarrows of marked guns, the ID tags on them shivering slightly as the wheelbarrow ...

The Use of Firearms in Serbia in the First Ten Months of 2014

by Srdjan Hercigonja, SEESAC Intern   Through the Targeting Weapons project, UNDP’s SEESAC initiative has been monitoring the use of firearms in the Republic of Serbia. The interactive online platform Oruzje na meti collects information ...