“Much to gain from closer cooperation between Kabul Police and Independent Human Rights Commission”

Kabul, April 2014. As the most important, independent external oversight mechanism, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission/Office of the Police Ombudsman (AIHRC/OPO) is responsible for investigating Human Rights violations by the authorities and for monitoring everyday police work to identify possible gaps and best practices in their activities to raise the capabilities and acceptance of Afghan National Police. Recently, EUPOL facilitated a workshop for the Human Rights and Gender officers of Kabul Police Districts. The workshop was delivered by Farida Sahil from the AIHRC/OPO.

Congratulations to Jamila Bayaz!

Kabul, April 2014. EUPOL congratulates Jamila Bayaz, Chief of Police District 1 in Kabul, to be promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General. The Afghan Ministry of Interior promoted her for her "enthusiastic work, good results and decrease of criminality within PD 1 area," says her EUPOL mentor Valeria Elefterie. Jamila mentioned that she still wants to be the commander of a police district in order to gain substantial management experience and to be in service of the community.

MoI: “Afghan police is ready to ensure security in upcoming elections”

Kabul, April 2014. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have been commended to protect the presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April, allowing citizens to cast their votes on this historic day for Afghanistan. Seddiq Seddiqi, the spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) spoke about how the Afghan National Police prepared for the last elections and their plans for a potential second run off of the presidential elections at the end of May.

Question: How do you assess the April 5, 2014 elections in Afghanistan?

Chief of Police District 9: “Without the support of people, the police would not be able to carry out their duties proficiently”

Kabul, April 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Salem Almas, at 28 years of age is unusually young to be the new commander of Police District 9 in Kabul. He and his staff were well-prepared, though, to secure the 23 polling centers in his district on the Election Day on 5 April. Almas says proudly: “In PD 9, the election process went very well - not even a single problem was reported.” In his opinion, the insurgents lacked the capability to carry out large-scale assaults.

EU High Representative Ashton: "Pay tribute to courage and bravery of Afghan people"

Brussels, 8 April 2014. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton stated on the first round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan:  "I pay tribute to the courage and bravery of the Afghan people in their determination to have their rightful say in who will be their president. They have sent a clear message that votes not violence should decide who governs Afghanistan.

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Kabul, 8 April 2014. Do you want to work in a dynamic and international environment? Are you determined and looking for new challenges? We're looking for brilliant people to join us to make a difference and change happen!  Send us your application by 11 April, 17.00 Brussels Time.

EU Election Assessment Team: “The Afghan people resolutely engaged with the democratic process, despite security threats”

Kabul, 7 April 2014. Thijs Berman, EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) Chief Observer, presented the EU EAT Preliminary Statement on 5 April Presidential and Provincial Council Elections at a press conference held on 7 April in Kabul. The Preliminary Statement, which outlines the Mission’s preliminary findings, analysis and conclusions of the electoral process so far, constitutes the first post-election assessment by the EU EAT. The Presidential election was held on 5 April, as per the Constitutional timeline. “Afghan voters have shown a remarkable, impressive determination to choose their leadership in freedom, by voting peacefully, in unexpectedly high numbers “, stated Thijs Berman.

Chief of Police District 10 in Kabul gears up security ahead of Election Day

Kabul, April 2014. How does a Chief of Police of one of the most strategic districts in Kabul prepare for Election Day? Colonel Najibullah Samsoor, the new Head of Police District 10, home to many embassies in Kabul’s City Centre, has geared up the security presence in his area of responsibility. New Checkpoints have been opened up and searches of cars and residents increased tremendously. Colonel Samsoor is rather optimistic for the 5 April despite major security concerns with insurgent threats to disrupt the voting process: “Our plans are ready, and there will be more reinforcement forces to assist our personnel on the Election Day. Insh’allah, the voting process in my district will be successful and peaceful.”

Latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out!

Kabul, March 2014. The latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out. Read an interesting article about the the fight against corruption and the interview of the Chief of Kabul City Police who refused a three million US dollars bribe. Besides, there are many other stories worth reading: for exaple the article of the new Crime Management College - a modern center of excellence for detectives and the leadership training that EUPOL delivers for female police officers in Afghanistan.

“Concerned about appointment of underqualified prosecutors”

Kabul, March 2014. Afghanistan hit a sad record last year: Transparency International listed Afghanistan, together with Somalia and North Korea, as the most corrupt country in the world. Mr. Yasin Osmani, chairman of the Independent Joint Anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in Afghanistan, takes the listing with a grain of salt.

Last December, right after the publishing of Transparency Internationals report, MEC reminded in a press release, that the underlying surveys were based on perceptions only and did not measure actual corruption.