EUPOL COPPS urges protection of the environment
Henrik Forssblad, EUPOL COPPS’ Environmental Crime Police Adviser, said that protecting the environment was of paramount importance for Palestine and praised the efforts of the Palestinian Authority in combating illegal dumping of waste and hazardous materials. The Swedish expert, who has over 20 years of experience in combating environmental crimes, together with the Head of the Environment Quality Authority (EQA) Jamil Emtour, toured a dumping site near Ramallah and saw for themselves the immense amount of waste littering the beautiful olive groves in the area. “The leachate resulting from the decomposition of this landfill site is highly polluting and ultimately seeps down to the underground water aquifers,” said Forssblad. “All should contribute in maintaining a cleaner environment for the benefit of future generations,” he added. The landfill contains plastic containers, wood, glass, metal and other construction material debris. Mr. Emtour said that the dumping of waste also causes significant health problems for the surrounding population. EUPOL COPPS, which provides support to the Palestinian Civil Police and the Judiciary, has recently paid special attention to environmental issues in order to assist Palestinian counterparts in maintaining a clean environment.
Cyber blackmail awareness campaign launched
The Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) launched a campaign, aimed at promoting awareness on cyber blackmail in collaboration with EUPOL COPPS. The goal of the campaign is to educate users in Palestine on the risks and consequences caused by careless internet use and also raising awareness among people to be more cautious while sharing data on the web and social media due to the rem growth and development of the online space locally and internationally. This advancement is an opportunity for unscrupulous users who take advantage of this growth to harm other people, violate their privacy and use their personal data and pictures to obtain financial gain illegally. Alessandro Buono, EUPOL COPPS’ Cyber Crime Expert has been advising the PCP in the past two years to come up with new ideas to combat the phenomenon of blackmail by means of general prevention. The project, developed in strict cooperation with the PCP Cyber Crime Department and the contractor Extra Production, intends to reach the widest possible range of Palestinian population throughout all existing media, including TV radio and traditional broadcastings, and obviously Internet and social media. It would focus on students in secondary schools, public and private universities and their parents so they stay alert and protected from being victims to these kinds of threats. Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network. They are often carried out in order to generate profit for the cybercriminals or to target computers or devices directly to damage or disable them. “Cybercriminals may also target an individual's private information, as well as corporate data for theft and resale,” Buono said at the launching of the event in Ramallah.
Three Palestinian Chief Prosecutors conclude comprehensive pilot mentoring programme on effective leadership
Three Palestinian Chief Prosecutors received certificates for completing a comprehensive mentoring programme on effective leadership, supported and funded by EUPOL COPPS. The programme was launched in August 2020 and included dozens of mentoring sessions, including a two-day workshop delivered by Finnish experts specialised in effective leadership. The aim of the programme is to enhance the professional leadership competencies of prosecutor’s in order to best perform the functions assigned to the prosecution. Nataliya Apostolova, the Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission, and Akram Al-Khatib, the Attorney General, distributed the certificates to the Chief Prosecutors Ms. Nawja Abdallah, Mr. Al'aa Tamimi and Mr. Jamil Sajdeya. “You know that the best prosecutor is a good leader, too. A good leader provides guidance and support, encouragement, and motivation to inspire his or her subordinates to flourish and grow” Apostolova told the prosecutors.
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.
EUPOL COPPS enhances Information Technology network of Palestinian Police
EUPOLCOPPS provided on Tuesday June 22, 2021 Information Technology equipment to the Palestinian Civil Police to further enhance the capabilities of the IT network. The delivery of a core router and eight hard disk drives, which were handed over by project manager Johan Ekstam and IT specialist Samir Shoukri, will be installed in the PCP’s main server room to increase the capacity of some servers and allow additional data storage. These equipment would handle the all data network traffic and ease data processing. The router is a major tool to make mobile Epsilon, a software that handles all PCP data work, more secure and faster. “The standard hard disk drive has been the predominant storage device for computers for a long time. The main draw is the high storage capacity and performance,” said Samir Shoukri,. “These are the best option for a trouble-free operation,” he added. EUPOL COPPS has been working with ICT Administration of the PCP since 2007 and contributed a considerable role in modernising the department and building a computerized network which would eventually boost the operational and administrative capabilities of the PCP.
Palestinians carry on aligning legislations with international treaties and conventions
EUPOL COPPS Mission recently organized a workshop for the Harmonisation Committee, a government body in charge of aligning Palestine’s national legislation with international conventions and treaties. During the workshop, Nasser Rayyes, a prominent Palestinian expert in the field, provided a presentation on the roadmap and work plan for the Harmonization Committee. The roadmap is vital for the review of legislation for the purpose of harmonization and implementation of international obligations, as it will focus on clear mechanisms for identifying priorities for legislation that need to be harmonized with international treaties. The expert was contracted by the Mission to develop a proposal for the alignment of domestic legislation with international treaty obligations acceded to by Palestine. During the workshop, the members of the Harmonisation Committee also discussed the development of a specialized website for the Harmonisation Committee in order to raise awareness among the public on the importance of harmonising domestic legislation with international treaties.
EUPOL COPPS remains committed to support Palestinian Judicial Institute
Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission told Kifah Alshouli, the director of the Palestinian Judicial Institute (PJI), that the Mission plans to enhance its support to PJI to maintain its role as the main reference body for upgrading the judicial qualifications and trainings. “The Mission remains committed to maintain its support to PJI that plays a key role in building up a distinguished judicial staff through training of judges and prosecutors,” Nataliya Apostolova told Alshouli during a meeting at the Mission’s headquarters in Ramallah. EUPOL COPPS has been supporting the PJI in the field of capacity building and E-learning and provided specialised equipment. The Mission’s Court Team provides constant advice to PJI, especially in upgrading the digital portal and the two-year Diploma Programme, a core tool in training judges and prosecutors. During the meeting, Alshouli said that The PJI is looking forward to even more strengthened cooperation with the Mission; this is envisaged to strengthen the PJI's capability to meet its objectives in designing and implementing a comprehensive training scheme for the Palestinian judges and prosecutors in full harmony with the High Judicial Council and the Attorney General Office.