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31 March 2011

INTERPOL holds training course to support implementation of United Nations Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions regime

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – INTERPOL has held a training course to raise the awareness of its National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement on the important work INTERPOL is carrying out as part of its support to the United Nations Security Council Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee in carrying out its 1267 sanctions mandate on the freezing of assets, travel bans and arms embargoes against individuals and entities associated with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

With the course focusing on the INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notices (IP-UN Special Notices), UN sanctions and the measures that need to be taken to implement these at the national level, 21 participants from NCBs, counter-terrorism departments, border control and immigration services from 11 countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) attended the four-day event (28-31 March).

This first training session marked the launch of a two-year programme that will focus on the member countries which are particularly affected by the Al Qaida and Taliban Sanction regime, as well as regions subject to increased terrorist threats. It will in particular allow national counter-terrorism departments to reconcile their efforts with international counter-terrorism policy.

Representatives from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs and National Central Bureau in Kuala Lumpur attended the opening ceremony, and stressed the importance of a holistic approach to combating transnational crime such as terrorism.

In this respect, the training programme's objectives included:

  • To expand the knowledge of INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notices both within and beyond INTERPOL NCBs.

  • To foster relations between the various police components involved in the UN Sanction implementation process.

  • To enhance awareness of each police component's role and determine action to be taken to implement sanctions in line with national legislation, human rights and rule of law.

  • To demonstrate how the quality of the 1267 Committee's List can be improved through the retrieval of further information such as identifiers and any other analytical data concerning the individuals and entities on the Consolidated List for the purpose of merging the data into the INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice.

  • To encourage participants to share the knowledge they have acquired by conducting train-the-trainer courses.

The training team comprised INTERPOL experts as well as representatives from the Member countries and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team linked to the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council.

The first training session to support the implementation of the United Nations Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions regime was addressed by Spt. Gan Tack Guan, Assistant Director of INTERPOL's NCB in Kuala Lumpur (top picture).