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Taylor, Zachary, Charlotte Phillips and Srdjan Bogosavljevic. 2005 ‘Amnesty and Collection Capacity.’ Living with the Legacy: SALW Survey of the Republic of Serbia; Section 7.6, p. 65. London: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Saferworld. 1 March

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Amnesty and Collection Capacity

Serbia has had three weapons amnesties and collections since 1999 (2001, 2002 and 2003). The first two of these were traditional amnesties that together collected 10,000–15,000 firearms (no exact figures are available). The third amnesty was very different because it coincided with the state of emergency following Prime Minister Djindjic's assassination and included forced confiscations and security service raids conducted during a period of social unrest and increased political instability.

The household survey revealed that as a result of the timing of this last amnesty, respondents confused the amnesty with the state of emergency. During this period, 2,046 weapons, 33,478 rounds of ammunition and 198.5 kg of explosives were confiscated by law enforcement officers and security services.

A subsequent voluntary amnesty between 24 March and 20 April 2003 resulted in 47,853 weapons and 2,226,765 pieces of ammunition being surrendered to MUP authorities for collection and legalisation. The relatively high numbers of weapons collected or legalised during this period is indicative of a) the large number of unregistered weapons in civilian possession at the time; b) the increased propensity of the population to legalise or surrender weapons during 'critical' time

[MUP = Ministry of the Interior]

[Source: Saferworld interview with Dejan Anastasijevic, Journalist, Vreme, Belgrade, 09 September 2004.
Saferworld interview with Vladimir Djumic, President, Balkan Youth Union Belgrade, 10 September 2004.
Saferworld interview with Dejan Raketic, Captain, Fire Arms Department, Dept. of Administration of Border Police Secretariat, MUP Belgrade, 03 October 2004; Saferworld with Nikola Barovic, Barrister, Belgrade, 08 September 2004.]

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