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09 March 2013

Using INTERPOL’s tools to strengthen UN sanctions focus of training session

LYON, France – Using INTERPOL’s tools to support the implementation of the United Nations Sanctions Committee (UNSC) sanctions regimes was the focus of a training course held in Lyon.

The five-day session (5-9 March), organized by INTERPOL with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, was attended by 16 law enforcement officers from eight countries. 

Participants benefited from the expertise of presenters from INTERPOL, the UN and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Topics discussed during the training included:

  • Understanding the UNSC: its functions, mandates and interactions;
  • The UNSC sanctions implementation process at the international level;
  • Cooperation between INTERPOL and the UN, including the UNSC sanctions committees;
  • UNSC sanctions: the listing and delisting procedures;
  • The Al-Qaida sanctions committee and the sanctions committee against the Taliban;
  • INTERPOL tools to support the implementation of UNSC sanctions, including I-link, the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notice and the INTERPOL Illicit Firearms Records and tracing Management System (iArms);
  • Strategies and systems for counter-terrorism investigations;
  • Case study of Canadian procedures and legislation used to enforce UNSC resolutions at the national level;
  • Interaction and mutual enhancement between the UNSC sanctions and criminal justice systems;
  • The relationship of UNSC sanctions to human rights and the rule of law.

Countries attending the training course were Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.