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They're bringing a small slice of joy to a city that's recorded more than 22,000 deaths since March and now faces a spike in coronavirus infections. Press Conference by Luis Carrilho, UN Police Adviser, Mary Gahonzire, Senior Police Adviser of the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA), and Issoufou Yacouba, Police Commissioner of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
United Nations Police (UNPOL) Adviser Luis Carrilho today (6 Nov) said police officers, as first responders, "cannot telecommute" during the COVID-19 pandemic, and "are on the frontlines."
Briefing reporters at the end of the 15th United Natios Police Week, Carrilho said, "if we are talking about certain types of police functions in the HQ, for instance, maybe hat ones can do be done remotely. But clearly, the other functions cannot be."
With the confinement, Carrilho said, there has been "an increase on cases of sexual and gender-based violence" In their annual briefing to ambassadors, UN police commissioners serving in the Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali and South Sudan, spoke in detail about the difference they've made, and the ongoing challenges they face in the field. around the world, and "of course, our peacekeeping operations, particularly working with host state police, is not different from this context."
The Adviser said, "when it's not possible to prevent" UN Police must "address, investigate, and to bring the perpetrators, the alleged perpetrators to justice."
Briefing via teleconference, the Senior Police Adviser at the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) said,
"women's problems are often better understood by women, and the United Nations has given us the outlet platform to make an impact.
This landmark resolution, 20 years ago reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
For his part, Police Commissioner Issoufou Yacouba of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), said Malian forces suffer from "a lack of trust within the populations due to a lot of grievances against them."
Yacouba said "impunity, a lot of massive human rights violations, and a lack of inclusiveness, because they are not, they don't reflect they are no representative of the local population themselves. This is why there is a lack of confidence between them. And why if some crisis occurs the population will accept the intervention of international forces."
On Wednesday, (4 Nov), in their annual briefing to the Security Council, UN police commissioners serving in the Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali and South Sudan, spoke in detail about the difference they've made, and the ongoing challenges they face in the field.