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17 September 2015

INTERPOL training aims to boost impact of UN Security Council Resolutions against terrorism in ASEAN region

SINGAPORE – Experts gathered for two separate training courses conducted by INTERPOL, aimed at strengthening the capacity of member countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region to implement INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Special Notices and consequently enhance the impact of UNSC resolutions.

During the two four-day courses (3 – 6, 11 – 14 August) hosted by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), participants received training on relevant INTERPOL tools and services, with a particular focus on the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notice, as well as on border management and counter-terrorism investigations.

The courses were part of a year-long INTERPOL Capacity Building and Training Programme on Preventing Sanctioned Individuals from Freely Moving through Southeast Asia, jointly funded by INTERPOL and the Government of Canada. The programme combines two training sessions, one train-the-trainer session and a border management operation in order to enhance the capacity of member countries to implement the UNSC Sanctions Regimes, particularly the travel ban, and thus prevent individuals sanctioned by the UNSC from freely moving throughout the region.

In order to enhance cross-agency collaboration, the training sessions brought together experts from the law enforcement community including representatives from INTERPOL National Central Bureaus, counter-terrorism, border police and immigration units, as well as government entities. Participating countries included Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The trainings were conducted in collaboration with the UN Secretariat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Australian Federal Police, and the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

Addressing the participants at the opening ceremony, Mr Tony Ho, Assistant Director of the Office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the United Nations (SRIUN), noted that “INTERPOL and the United Nations have a long-standing relationship and cooperate on many joint projects, one of the most important of which is the UNSC Sanctions Regime.”

Mr Eckart Schiewek, Security Officer at the UNSC Subsidiary Organs Branch, underscored the crucial role of the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notices, through which ‘essential information on the individuals may be communicated through a reliable channel directly to law enforcement agencies deployed at the border’.

INTERPOL’s global role in combating terrorism was recognized by the UN in the adoption of Resolution 2178 by the UNSC in September 2014.