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EUPOL COPPS advisers say environmental crimes cannot be tolerated

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

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

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 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

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  

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

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.

EUPOL COPPS adviser: “The main sources of illegal wealth are corruption and tax evasion”

EUPOL COPPS adviser: “The main sources of illegal wealth are corruption and tax evasion”

EUPOL COPPS adviser held a training session for the staff of legal and complaint unit and investigation unit of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) , in addition to four security focal points at PACC, to raise awareness about  money laundering. The trainings, held in Ramallah in cooperation with PACC, is part of EUPOL COPPS support for enhancing the capabilities of Palestinian officers in specialised topics in the field of criminal justice and investigation. Mission adviser provided the 18 attendees, including six women, the legal and operational know-how for identifying and understanding the connection between corruption, organized crime and money laundering, and its severe impact on society and economy. The training allocated a special focus on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Budapest and Warsaw Conventions and other bodies  as international legal instrument of cooperation.   Dr. Michele Tarlao, from Italian State Police and EUPOL COPPS Anti-Narcotics and Organised Crime Advisor, shared his experience of investigating mafia-type related crimes and other organised criminal groups in Italy and abroad. He also addressed the issue of corruption as criminal phenomenon that affect the social, political, economic and cultural system, adapting quickly to the processes of change with the remarkable ability to create networks and links between criminal organizations, with common crime, with institutions and with professionals of the legal economy. “The main sources of illegal wealth, as we know, are corruption and tax evasion. To these, frauds perpetrated via the Internet and counterfeiting and smuggling of drugs, health devices and other goods related to the pandemic have been added more recently. All, of course, on an international scale,” Tarlao said.  

EUPOL COPPS supports Justice Sector Working Group meeting

EUPOL COPPS supports Justice Sector Working Group meeting

EUPOL COPPS Mission took part in the high-level  meeting for the Justice Sector Working Group to enhance good governance and to strengthen the principles of justice and rule of law. The meeting, which included a number of local and international partners, is meant to discuss the Justice Sector Strategic Plan (JSSP) for 2021-2023, assess the Justice Sector challenges and future opportunities and create a framework for all justice sector institutions. Nataliya Apostolova, the Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission, told the attendees that "the Mission remains committed to assist our Palestinian counterparts in addressing critical issues, especially the ability of criminal justice institutions to ensure fair trial for the Palestinian people”. EUPOLCOPPS, which funded the event, also provided assistance to the efforts of the national team in reviewing the JSSP, editing the final Arabic version and translating it into English, in addition to logistical support.  

EUPOL COPPS contributes in reducing delays and handle backlogs of criminal cases

EUPOL COPPS contributes in reducing delays and handle backlogs of criminal cases

EUPOOL COPPS advisers, together with the Fair Trial Working Group, continued the discussions on how to better enable Palestinian citizens to get their litigation rights sorted quickly and reduce the backlog of criminal cases. “The right to a fair trial is fundamental to human rights protection and serves as a procedural means to safeguard the rule of law. It aims at ensuring a proper administration of justice and to this end guarantees a series of specific rights”, said Lina Zettergren, the Mission’s  Senior Criminal Justice Expert The Fair Trial Working Group, comprised of representatives of the High Judicial Council, the Public Prosecution, the Ministry of Justice, the Palestinian Bar Association and the Palestinian Civil Police and steering members from EUPOL COPPS, is working to strengthen the guarantees of a fair trial in the Palestinian judiciary.  Recently the working group agreed to focus their efforts on how to contribute to reducing the delays, and the consequent backlog of criminal cases, throughout the judiciary chain, from police investigation, to prosecution, trial and a rendered judgment. This project requires expertise from each judicial institution and aims to enhance the access to justice for Palestinian citizens. Access to justice, an effective investigation and processing a case in a reasonable time are all parts of the right to a fair trial.