Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
LeBrun, Emile and Robert Muggah (eds). 2005 ‘Summary.’ Silencing Guns: Local perspectives on small arms and armed violence in rural Pacific islands communities; Occasional Paper No. 15, pp. xvi-xviii. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July
This report presents participatory research findings and case histories on small arms and their effects in Southern Highlands Province (PNG), Bougainville (PNG), and the Solomon Islands.
Main conclusions (headlines from the Summary):
- A few weapons can bring significant insecurity
- Insecurity outlasts conflict
- The presence of guns exacerbates unresolved tensions in the Southern Highlands of PNG
- In Bougainville, ex-combatants still have access to a wide assortment of military-style firearms
- In the Solomon Islands, RAMSI still enjoys support
- Participatory research can generate cost-effective baseline information where there previously was little
- Trust is essential to effective participatory research
- The engagement of indigenous researchers is particularly important
- Participatory research is often less effective in areas where tensions are ongoing
- Traditional customary norms can inhibit participatory research.