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Police oversee Serbian-Hungary border near Rszke refugee encampment. Photo: UNHCR/Zsolt Balla
refugees
Some 1,400 stuck at Hungarian-Serbian border amid dire conditions, UN refugee agency warns
15 July 2016

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern about a new restrictive law at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and urged Hungarian authorities to investigate reports of abuse and violence in transit zones and bitten by unleashed police dogs.

 
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo
kenya
UN rights office condemns killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer
5 July 2016

The United Nations human rights office today condemned the killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, on 23 June, in a context of persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces.

 
Afghan National Police in training in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein
afghan
UN mission in Afghanistan condemns Taliban attack on national police cadets
30 June 2016

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned a suicide attack targeting national police in the country’s capital, Kabul.

 
A UNAMID peacekeeper from Tanzania interacts with children in Karbab village, South Darfur, during a routine patrol. UN Photo/Albert Gonzlez Farran
Darfur
'Little progress' made on finding viable solution to Darfur conflict – UN peacekeeping chief
14 June 2016

Given the unchanged nature of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, the mandate of the African Union-United Nations mission there should be extended for another year, without changes to its priorities or its authorized troop and police ceiling, the top UN peacekeeping official said today.

 
Childrens malnutrition ward at Port Moresby General Hospital, Papua New Guinea. Photo: UNICEF/Louise Lane
papua
Ban calls for calm, commitment to rule of law amid reported clashes in Papua New Guinea
8 June 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about reports of violent clashes between students and police in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.

 
A view of UN Police (UNPOL) officers at the opening of the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS), a historic gathering of more than 100 police leaders from around the world. The officers salute as a minute of silence is observed for fallen UN Police in line of duty. UN Photo/Loey Felipe
police
At first-ever summit, speakers stress central role of police in UN peace operations
3 June 2016

United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.

 
UN Police (UNPOL) from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)  conduct a patrol to the Yieth-Liet Police Post in the village of Karich. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
peacekeep
External panel calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in UN Police operating model
1 June 2016

As the United Nations’ role in countries affected by complex conflicts has grown in scale and scope throughout the years, UN Police (UNPOL) have increasingly become the central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations, working both to reinforce the provision of security and also to build or re-build a basic system of policing in countries, and as such, require a new operating model with enhanced capacities, an external review team has found.

 
View of City of old Cairo, Egypt, during mid-morning rush hour. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez
Egypt
Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt
9 May 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.

 
Former UN police officers with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (left) Kevin Curtis and (right) Vladimir Dzuro. UN Photo/Loey Felipe
crime
PODCAST: Hunting a war criminal from the former Yugoslavia
28 April 2016

Two policemen working for the United Nations in the 1990s who were tasked with tracking down alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia have been talking about the “horror stories” they heard from the families of victims.

 
Somali judicial officers walk into the Banaadir Court Complex in Mogadishu. UN Photo/Raymond Baguma
Somalia
Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert
25 April 2016

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.

 

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