EUPOL national staff delivers procurement training in the provinces

Parwan, May 2014.Understanding Procurement Law is a key element to reduce corruption within the ministries and other governmental organisations. That’s why EUPOL has started conducting Introduction to Procurement Law courses at provincial level.  These courses in provinces are delivered by EUPOL National Rule of Law officers and advisors.

New EUPOL Head of Field Office Mazar-e Sharif prefers quality over quantity

Mazar-e Sharif, May 2014. Achievements don’t come from forcing, pushing and rushing. They come slowly, step by step, when motivated people work resiliently toward jointly decided and reasonably measured goals. That’s the philosophy of Ms. Niina Haapanen, who will start in June as EUPOL’s Head of Field Office (FO) Mazar-e Sharif.

Inspector Niina Haapanen has been working as a police officer in Finland since 1997. She is experienced both as a uniformed police officer and as an investigator. Furthermore, before her deployment in Afghanistan she was working as an inspector and deputy head of license services of license services of a police district in Southern Finland.

Lieutenant Colonel Rana: “Zarmeena’s execution hurt me deep inside my heart”

Kabul, May 2014. There are images Lieutenant Colonel Rana Hameedzada can’t get out of her head. One of the most agonizing ones stems from 17 November 1999 when 35-year old Zarmeena was publicly executed on the penalty spot in Kabul’s Olympic Stadium.  

The execution by the Taliban was observed by 30.000 spectators, millions watched later the secret pictures of Zarmeena's death on a poorly-shot video by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The images shocked the world.

Increased cooperation between Ministry of Interior and Attorney General’s Office

Kabul, May 2014. High level representatives from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Attorney General’s Office (AGO) attended a workshop at EUPOL HQ on 7 May. The main goal of this gathering was to establish and increase further cooperation between the two institutions and share information. Eight senior MOI officials participated, including the Ministry of Interior’s Inspector General, General Major General Hakim Nejrabi, and five AGO officials, including the Chief of Military Anti-Corruption Department at AGO, Major General Dastagir Ranjbar.

Workshop on effective Communication - POLASTRIS

Kabul, May 2014. Effective communication was the topic of the workshops of the Policy and Strategy Implementation Support Project (POLASTRIS) delivered in early May. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capabilities of the Ministry of Interior within the six involved Deputy Ministries to implement and execute police policies down to the provincial and district levels.

Deputy Minister of Interior Muhammad Ayoub Salangi: “The best day is the one when there are no casualties, nobody dies”

Kabul, May 2013. “Know your soldiers, look out for their safety and well-being”. This is one of the rules on the wall of Deputy Minister of Interior Mohammad Ayoub Salangi. And he is a man who lives as he preaches: he wants to reach his men and women at the provinces and help them to work more efficiently and stay safe at the same time.

If General Salangi could choose, he wouldn’t spend his whole working day in the office inside the walls of the Ministry of interior. Instead he would love to go to even the most remote places in his country and meet police officers, learn about their needs and help them in capacity building.

The May edition of EUPOL Newsletter is out!

Kabul, May 2014. What would be a dream day at work for the Afghan Deputy Minister of Interior? Read the interview of General Salangi in the EUPOL Newsletter and you will know. Or find more about the dedicated work that Afghan police, lawyers, prosecutors and other Afghan officials as well as EUPOL have done. For example, what is the latest in the fight against domestic violence proceedings in Afghanistan? And that’s not all: there are plenty other articles worth of reading in the brand new EUPOL Newsletter! Click here for the newsletter: EUPOL-Serving Afghanistan

Domestic violence - a dark truth in Afghan society

Kabul, 4 May 2014. "I heard a woman screaming in my neighbourhood and then ran quickly to see what is happening. I realised the husband and wife had a fight: the husband had a knife in his hand and wanted to stab his wife. I already could see blood on the hands of the wife. I pushed him away and warned him that I am a policewoman and more policemen are on their way”, patrolwoman Shahnaz Popolzai tells her story about a domestic violence case in Police District 4 of Kabul

Devastating landslide in Badakhshan: "The EU is ready to provide assistance"

Brussels, 3 May 2014. The spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid, and crisis response issued the following statement today: 

"The High Representative and the Commissioner are deeply concerned and saddened to hear of the devastating landslide reported to have claimed the lives of many inhabitants of the Badakshan province in Afghanistan. They express their sympathy to the families of the victims and the people of Afghanistan.  

World Press Freedom Day: "Free, diverse and independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society"

Brussels, May 2014. Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014: "On the 21th anniversary of World Press Freedom day, the EU reiterates that free, diverse and independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society by facilitating the free flow of information and ideas, and by ensuring transparency and accountability.