EUPOL COPPS advisers say environmental crimes cannot be tolerated
If people cause significant harm to the environment or to human health, now they have to think twice before committing such a crime. The Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), with the help of EUPOL COPPS Mission, are exerting additional efforts punish those who commit acts of illegal dumping of wastes and hazardous materials in Palestine. The Mission has recently gave a special attention to this new field of work and listed it as one of its leading programmes to support the PCP in its endeavour to fight environmental crimes. “The illegal dumping of wastes has resulted in a global contamination of nature and threaten local ecosystems,” said Henrik Forssblad, a Swedish Environmental Crime police adviser who has over 20 years ‘ experience in combating such crimes in his home country. “I have noticed that the PCP does not tolerate such crimes, as we don’t in Sweden,” he added. Forssblad started sharing his diverse experience with his Palestinian counterparts since he took his job at the Mission in beginning of 2020. He and other Mission advisers recently went to Bethlehem district and visited the nearby village of Battir to see for themselves the kind of environmental crimes there and best ways to tackle them. In Bethlehem, the Mission advisers met the Head of Antiquities and Tourism Police and his staff presented the efforts being exerted to combat environmental crimes - obviously with great engagement and with an impressing result. The two sides paid visits to places where environmental crimes have been committed. They saw large amounts of dumped waste in areas near Bethlehem.
Advisory and Legislation Bureau issues a new manual for preparing legal consultations
The Palestinian Advisory Bureau issued the internal procedures manual for preparing legal consultations and legal opinions to official institutions. The manual, penned with the support of EUPOL COPPS, serves as a procedural reference for preparing legal consultations & legal opinions and a guiding manual for legal departments in government institutions. The manual targets legal staff working in the Advisory and Legislation Bureau, legal professionals specialized in preparing legal consultations and legal opinions, interested researchers and academics and all those interested in providing legal advice and opinion. The manual focuses on three main topics: an explanation of the General Administration of Legal consultations and legal opinions and its functions, and the skills of those who provide legal advice and opinions; the concept of legal consultations, cases of requesting it by the government departments and the phases of legal advice and the concept of legal advisory opinion, and phases of legal advisory opinion. The new manual was preceded by the manual on Official Gazette, which was also supported by EUPOLCOPPS. The Mission has supported this work and financed the printing of the two manuals. The Bureau is one of key partners that the Mission has been supporting as part of the Rule of Law chain.
EUPOL COPPS: We are committed to promote gender equality and human rights in all our activities with Palestinian counterparts
Deputy Head of EUPOL COPPS Katja Dominik said that the Mission is committed to promote gender equality and human rights in all its activities with all Palestinian counterparts.“For this purpose, EUPOL COPPS has been cooperating with and supporting the Gender Units of various justice and security sector institutions,” said Dr. Dominik at a ceremony held on Thursday June 24, 2021 to conclude three sessions of gender training that took place during June 2021. About 40 people participated in the sessions. The trainings were composed of the following modules: developing policy papers responsive to gender; building gender indicators and conducting, monitoring and evaluating activities from gender perspective.The aim of the trainings is to increase the knowledge of the trainees and to improve their skills and techniques to make them capable of developing gender responsive policy papers in their respective areas of responsibility. Furthermore, the training is envisaged to enable the trainees to design gender indicators to measure progress, and to monitor the implementation process of their activities.The ceremony was attended by the assistant of the General Secretary of Council of Ministers Mohammad Al-Hilo and the Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Amal Hamad alongside with the deputy ministers of interior and justice.
EUPOL COPPS delivers Portable Exhaust Gas Analysers to Palestinian Police
EUPOL COPPS Mission delivered on Thursday June 24, 2021 three Portable Exhaust Gas Analysers to Palestinian Civil Police to support them in detecting exceeded release of harmful emissions. The devices, that were delivered to the PCP’S departments of Tourism and Antiquities Police and Environmental Crime Unit, can measure whether the exhaust gases emitted by any vehicle are within the permitted levels stipulated by both national and European laws. In addition to examining various gasses, the equipment can also be used to search for any leak in the vehicle’s exhaust system. The Portable Exhaust Gas Analysers were handed over to PCP by dr. Katja Dominik, the Acting Head of the EUPOL COPPS and project manager Henrik Forssblad. “Measurement of car engines exhaust pollutants emissions is very important because of their harmful effects on the environment . they can have detrimental impact on human health and the environment. These equipment that were delivered today will contribute in reducing the emissions so that we can enjoy a cleaner environment,” said Dr. Dominik.