World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Vetting Of Bosnian Police Must Improve

Challenges To UN Vetting Of Bosnian Police Must Be Addressed, Security Council Told

While Bosnia and Herzegovina has made real achievements in defence, intelligence reform, customs and indirect tax, the growing number of challenges to the United Nations-led police certification process requires attention, the Security Council was told today.

High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community's top civilian administrator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said in an open briefing there were currently more than 150 non-certified officers who have asked the courts to assess the legality of their employer's decision to dismiss them on the grounds that they had not been certified by the United Nations/International Police Task Force (IPTF).

Even though most of those proceedings were currently pending, the first non-certified police officer was reinstated in January by order of a local court, Lord Ashdown said. The country's Human Rights Chamber has also decided that it is competent to examine whether such dismissals have been carried out in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

The United Nations decertification process - which took place under the former UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) - had weeded out police officers whose past, particularly during the war, disqualified them from remaining on the force. Lord Ashdown stressed that this process must not be allowed to unravel.

Echoing that sentiment, the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told the Council that although the UN no longer has a mandate for police reform in the country, it has sought to provide Lord Ashdown with assistance in dealing with those challenges, but so far, the question remains unresolved.

Mr. Guéhenno suggested that the Council could consider calling on the Bosnian authorities to abide by their international legal obligations. He backed the High Representative's view on the need for an early solution to challenges to the outcomes of the vetting process.

Adnan Terzic, Chairman of Bosnia's Council of Ministers, said his nation was another positive example of efficient international intervention and of how a post-conflict country could become active in the overall stabilization of an entire region. Following considerable efforts on the part of the international community and the local authorities, he said, "I dare say, that we are now, all of us together, close to the finish line."

While hailing the "huge job" that had been accomplished in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said more hard work was needed, calling for more joint efforts on domestic and international issues. He also assured the Council that the country's authorities would make whatever efforts necessary to fulfil the common goal of full political stability and economic sustainability.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news