Chaghcharan. The flags of the European Union and Japan were lowered in a symbolic ceremony at the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the Afghan province of Ghor on 3 June. The ceremony marked the completion of EUPOL Afghanistan’s engagement in the province. For five years, EUPOL experts conducted training courses and mentoring for the Afghan police and the judiciary. The PRT will be closed down at the end of August.
Kunduz. EUPOL Field Office Kunduz delivered early June a scenario-based ‘Police Command Post Exercise’ with over 50 Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) participating. Several AUP departments, including Criminal Investigations, Intelligence, Community Policing and Traffic, along with an Incident Command Post had the opportunity to practice skills they have learned in various EUPOL courses.
Kabul/Brussels. Are you looking for an exciting and challenging work? EUPOL Afghanistan is recruting new seconded and contracted experts in the Call for Contributions (CfC). Deadline for applications: 21 June 2013.
Kabul. “Please Rise. The Court of Kabul is now in session, the honourable judges are presiding” - proudly and severely the judges step into the barren Courtroom, the victim is crying and needs to be reminded of the need to be quiet. Normally a classroom at the EUPOL Staff College, the room changes nearly every month in a live courtroom where judges, investigative police, prosecutors and the victims enact a case to show what they have learned about the formal justice system. Right at the start of the four week command development programme for District Commanders the participants are assigned a specific role in order to prepare for the trial at the end.
Kabul. The May edition of EUPOL Afghanistan's monthly newsletter has been published. The cover story deals with a comparison of formal and traditional justice systems in Afghanistan. Amongst others read articles about the ground breaking ceremony for the new Crime Management College, the launch of an anti corruption campaign and have a look at some beautiful pictures from the acrobats from the Afghan circus Afsana whom we invited to celebrate Europe Day with us.Download it here: http://tinyurl.com/k294ljl
Kabul. The EUPOL funded anti-corruption awareness campaign was eventually launched on 25th May. The month long campaign, worth 35.000 Euro will see daily advertisements on the four major Afghan TV network channels during peak evening viewing times. In addition, there will also be national radio broadcasts together with regular features in Afghanistan’s prominent daily newspapers. To support the media campaign there will be ten large bill board posters for six months around Kabul that will all feature a different poster highlighting the scourge of corruption.
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.