Palestine: New Head of EU Police Mission emphasises human rights, judicial independence and cooperation in meetings with key partners

December 15, 2020
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The recently appointed Head of EUPOL COPPS, Nataliya Apostolova has met with the Head of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Ahmad Barak as well as the Chief Justice and Head of the Transitional High Judicial Council Issa Abu Sharar and the Head of the Palestinian Legislation and Advisory Bureau (the Diwan) Iman Abdul-Hamid.

The protection of human rights was a key theme for all the meetings. During her meeting with Ms Abdul-Hamid, Ms Apostolova underlined her commitment to maintaining the cooperation that EUPOL COPPS and the Diwan have developed in recent years to transpose international laws.

While at the Transitional High Judicial Council (THJC), Ms Apostolova discussed the ways in which EUPOL COPPS might further support the THJC.

The importance of coordination and cooperation between different law enforcement and rule of law agencies on a national and international level was also an important theme of the meetings.

EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.


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