Bamyan. “Yes to sport and no to drugs”, hallmarked the Women Taekwondo Tournament, which was organised by Police-e Mardume Team (Community policing) and the Afghan National Police Education Department in Bamyan Police HQ. 12 women participated in the event with the youngest competitor just ten years old. Sayed Gul Zuhoori, President of the Afghanistan National Badminton Federation, emphasised that the involvement of youth in sports is crucial and promotes healthy habits and behaviors. Lieutenant Colonel Joma Khan, the Police Gender Focal Point and the Head of Human Rights Unit, congratulated all girls and women participating in the event.
Kabul. EUPOL supports the Afghan government in reviewing the Penal Code of Afghanistan. On the 27th of May the Criminal Law Reform Working Group was hosted for the second time by EUPOL. This working group which is tasked by the Ministry of Justice to draft the general provisions of the new Afghan Penal Code, focused its discussion on alternatives to imprisonment during this session. EUPOL Mentors to the Ministry of Interior (Arnaud Braem), Ministry of Justice (Siv Thorsköld), and Attorney General’s Office (Dr. Fabian Löwenberg)g delivered presentations on various alternatives to imprisonment such as community service and conditional release in Sweden, Belgium, Germany and other EU member states.
Brussels, 27 May 2013. The Council today extended the EU police mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan) until 31 December 2014. It also allocated a budget of €108 million for the period from 1 June 2013 until the end of 2014. EUPOL Afghanistan helps the Afghan authorities to develop their civilian policing capacities. The mission contributes to the establishment of sustainable and effective civilian policing under Afghan ownership and to strengthening the links between the police and the justice sector. It delivers leadership and specialised training and mentors and advises the Afghan ministries of the interior and justice and the Attorney General's office.
Bamyan. A volleyball tournament was recently organised by the Police e-Mardume Unit (Community Policing) and the Police Education Department in Bamyan Province. The event took place at Bamyan Police Compound where three teams were competing for championship. One of the teams had members of the Afghan National Police and other two teams were civilians. Before the programme started, Sgt. Rohullah, the Sports Officer of the Police-e Mardume Unit, distributed a questionnaire on the Police-Community Sports programme. The people were also asked to include their recommendations on how to improve the police performance.
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.