UN Peace-keepers course opens in Musanze

MUSANZE - The United Nations Police Officer Course-UNPOC, designed for officers ready for pre-deployment in peace support missions , opened yesterday at the Rwanda Police Academy-Musanze, with participants from ten African countries, including the Scandinavian trio of Denmark, Sweden and Norway
Participants in United Nations Police Officer Course that is taking place at Rwanda Police Academy, Musanze pose for a group photo. The New Times /B Mukombozi.
Participants in United Nations Police Officer Course that is taking place at Rwanda Police Academy, Musanze pose for a group photo. The New Times /B Mukombozi.

MUSANZE - The United Nations Police Officer Course-UNPOC, designed for officers ready for pre-deployment in peace support missions , opened yesterday at the Rwanda Police Academy-Musanze, with participants from ten African countries, including the Scandinavian trio of Denmark, Sweden and Norway

Rwanda is hosting the pre deployment two-week course for the first time, and has drawn participants from the East African Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM).

The program is funded by Norway under the auspices of the UN.

Speaking at the official opening, Bjorn Hareide, EASFCOM Senior Advisor, requested participants to become human rights ambassadors wherever they are posted and to closely work with police in the areas of their deployment.

“We are training them according to UN standards. We ask them to go and make a difference, as ambassadors of human rights,” Bjorn said

Rwanda has 22 police officers of the 60 drawn from EASFCOM members that include Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda.

Officiating at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Stanley Nsabimana, said that capacity building for the police in peace support missions would help in achieving the goal of maintaining peace in troubled areas.

“The Eastern African region requires peace and security for development, and it is in this regard that Rwanda offered to host this course,” he said.

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