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UN Award for Senegalese Female Police Officer


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A Senegalese police officer serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has beenawarded special recognition for her outstanding service to the Congolese community and national police.

Major Seynabou Diouf was announced the 2019 UN Female Police Officer of the year on Friday.

She currently leads a task force that helps prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse as part of the UN Mission in the DRC(MONUSCO), in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

“It is a deep honour to receive the UN Female Police Officer of the Year award. It means a lot to me”, she saidin response to the news, adding that sexual abuse prevention is a priority for herself and her team, and said she believed the hard work is paying off.

Major Seynabou Diouf, of the Senegal National Police, leads a task force that helps to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Goma, North Kivu.

She also manages the UN Police Women’s Network, which connects female officers for mentoring, training, professional development and mutual support.

In choosing Major Diouf, out of 30 nominees from eight missions, the selection committee commended her exemplary service as having a direct and positive impact.

Senegal is the largest contributor of police to UN peace operations, whose nearly 10,000 officers help to enhance international peace and security by supporting Member States in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations. It is also among the top five contributors of female police officers.

While more than 1,400 female police officers currently serve in UN peace operations, by 2028, the Organization is aiming to bring the level among individual officers who are women up to 30 per cent, and 20 per cent more among formed police units.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on 5 November at UN Headquarters in New York during the 14th UN Police Week, when heads of UN police components and police experts from 14 peacekeeping operations, special political missions and regional offices, will discuss topics related to performance, conduct and discipline strengthening and sustaining peace through human rights.

Source UN.

ORG : Current Report on Mali


ORG’s April and May Global Monthly Security Briefings covered the current status of the al-Qaeda movement, and a loosely related development, the growth of the radical Boko Haram Islamist group in northern Nigeria. Since those briefings, there have been further developments. One issue of current concern relates to recent events in the West African state of Mali. Paul Rogers discusses the current security situation in Mali its context and assesses the implications of a possible foreign military intervention.

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Source : Oxford Research Group

UN gets Syrian Assurance


Kofi Annan, The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, has said he has received assurances from Damascus that it will respect the ceasefire plan he has previously proposed.

Mr Annan who has been visiting Iran said there could be “improved conditions on the ground” by Thursday morning. However the Syrian government had previously failed to withdraw troops and weaponry from large population centres as it had agreed. So far at least 100 people have been reported dead. Three people were killed on Wednesday after violent shelling in the city of Homs and the Deraa province.

Mr Annan told reporters in Tehran that he had received “further clarifications” from the government of President Bashar al-Assad on how it intended to suspend hostilities, and respect his six-point peace plan.

Mr Annan said “We have been in touch with them and have had positive answers from them and have also approached governments with influence to ensure that all parties respect the ceasefire”

Recording Casualties of War


Oxford Research Group (ORG) are inviting members of the public to the launch of a new initiative, “The Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence” on Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the British Academy in London, 9.30 – 11.30 am.

The Charter contains a set of three core demands on states to ensure that every person killed by armed violence is:

  •  promptly recorded,
  •   correctly identified, and
  •  publicly acknowledged.

The Charter is the first to set out for the international community clear casualty-recording requirements that are grounded in international law. Such recording is vital, because it enables every individual’s death to be recognised in the interest of truth, justice, accountability, and greater public awareness of human losses.

For more information visit: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/charter_launch

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