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30 noviembre 2012

Training session focuses on using INTERPOL tools to support UN sanctions against Al-Qaida and Taliban

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Law enforcement officers from 11 countries attended two training courses on using INTERPOL’s tools to support the implementation of the United Nations Security Council sanctions regimes.

The two five-day courses (19-23 November and 26-30 November), held in Bratislava, brought together officers from INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and border control agencies and other agencies involved in transnational terrorism investigations. The courses aimed to increase the use of INTERPOL’s tools and services to enhance the fight against terrorism by effectively implementing the UN sanctions at the national level.

The courses raised awareness of the UN system and its mechanisms for combating terrorism, in particular the UN sanctions regimes against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, and the work INTERPOL is doing in the area of counter-terrorism. Emphasis was placed on the system of the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notices, designed to alert law enforcement to individuals and entities that are subject to sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, namely an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.   

Participants also discussed best practices on how to comply with international standards when conducting counter-terrorism investigations and when implementing preventive measures.

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the courses were taught by experts from INTERPOL, the UN Sanctions Committees monitoring team, the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Countries that participated in the training courses were Afghanistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.