Kabul. The entire movieteam of the Afghan TV serial "Commissar Amanullah" was proudly appearing on stage of the French Institute in Kabul to kick off their new campaign to promote their successful TV show. They had all reasons to be filled with pride, most of all director Saba Sahar and actor Emal Zaki (Commissar Amanullah): since January 2012 they shot 40 episodes of the crime scene investigation serial, showcasing a loyal and honest police force. The TV show, financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (implemented by the GIZ) and EUPOL Afghanistan, will reach now a new phase: an evaluation phase.
Kabul. Huge process is being made at the construction site for the new Police Staff College in Police District 12 in Kabul. The works by two subcontracted construction companies are in full swing. Its construction is expected to be completed by autumn 2013, and then it will have a capacity of 300 students. Eventually, the Staff College, will have a permanent home soon. Thousands of National Police students already have participated in leadership training at the temporary Police Staff College within the Border Faculty at the Kabul Police Academy. The building is funded by the EC Instrument for Stability (IfS), and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IoM).
Mazar-e Sharif. EUPOL Afghanistan, with the financial support of the German GIZ, provided two office containers for the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) unit in Mazar-e Sharif. The offices are equipped with functional furniture which will make it possible eventually for the Police-e Mardume unit to be fully operational. In the past it had been a challenge as they didn't had proper offices. Yet, the unit delivered to their best even in a small temporary office.
Kabul. Everyone was all smiles when the ribbon was cut at the handover of the restored Gender and Human Rights Office (GHR) within the Kabul City Police: Shiny and well equipped offices with up-to-date IT equipment will now be the working home for the GHR team. It was a joint project between the UK Embassy, UNDP-LOTFA and EUPOL Afghanistan: the UK Embassy restored the current building, LOTFA provided new furniture and and technical devices while EUPOL facilitated this collaboration, liaised all the parties involved.
Kabul. Acrobats from the Afghan circus Afsana kicked off the celebration of the Europe Day 2013 in Kabul. Together with staff members from the EU delegation in Afghanistan and many partners the annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe took also place at the EUPOL compound. "I am grateful to be here with our friends to remember this important day for Europe. This has been a huge achievement in the past from which we all are still benefiting. My greatest wish is that our Afghan friends will see more peace in the near future. EUPOL and the international community is here to assist the Afghan government to achieve this goal."
Kabul, 8 May 2013. The construction of a permanent Crime Management College for the Afghan Ministry of Interior has been inaugurated with an official ground breaking ceremony in the presence of Deputy Minster of Interior, General Mirza Muhammad Yarmand, EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas, Head of the EUPOL Mission, Karl-Åke Roghe, and IOM Mission Representative, Richard Danziger.
Brussels. Hundreds of visitors joined us for our stand at the EU Open Doors on Saturday, 4 May, and at the Fete d'Iris to learn more about EUPOL Afghanistan and Afghanistan. Thank you for your interest! Please find pictures and the ones taken with you on our flickr account:
Brussels. EUPOL Afghanistan will be represented on Saturday, 4 May, at the EU Open Doors in Brussels in the Justus Lipsius Building to celebrate the Europe Day. Come and meet the team and learn more about Afghanistan and about the work of EUPOL Afghanistan. If you you visit the EU Open Doors, don't miss the Brussels Region festival Fete d'Iris.
For the first time, the European Commission is working with the Brussels Iris Festival which will see the streets of Europe's Capital come alive with concerts and street entertainment on Sunday 5 May between 12 and 18 h. Also a EUPOL Afghanistan team will be present at this event in the 'Village of Europe' near Brussels Central Station (Carrefour de l'Europe).
Kabul. “Please enter, it is all right, here you can talk freely”, Karima, a police officer of the Family Response Unit in Herat, invites two women from Balk Province in her office. Slowly and hesitantly the young and heavily veiled woman tells her story. “The Police came into my house when I was alone and searched our home. Now my husband doesn’t trust me anymore”, she finally says and bursts out crying. “He is disciplining her’, her companion says softly when it is clear her friend will not stop crying. The two women in Herat are fortunate to be able to go to Karima. The office of the Family Response Unit (FRU) in Herat is one of the few places in Afghanistan where women can be interviewed by a female police officer.
Mazar-e Sharif. To boost women rights for the first time on the district level and in villages in Balkh province, EUPOL Field Office in Mazar-e Sharif co-organised an USAID-supported two-day conference in Mazar-e-Sharif under the title of “National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) - Regional Conference North”. More than 60 female participants and a number of religious scholars and mullahs took part, and the outcome was encouraging. “Different counterparts decided to speed up women’s rights and to inform the civil society about them. It has been for the very first time that women will be enabled by NAPWA to engage at district level with the support of elders and Mullahs also in the villages of Region North”, says Col.