HARGEISA (SD) – The European Union (EU) through UNDP has today handed over 13 new vehicles to Somaliland justice department during a ceremony held in Hargeisa this morning.
According to a statement by EU, the cars will also be used by election security risk assessment teams to meet with police officers and local communities in six regions and to monitor local election preparations and voting.
The remaining cars will be used by justice officials to facilitate monitoring visits to regional courts and dedicated Women and Children Units where female prosecutors assist those reporting abuse.
Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, EU Ambassador said the vehicles will also be used by rule of law institutions where they will help enhance community policing and access to justice for the most vulnerable members of the community such as children, IDPs, and those affected gender-based violence.
“The European Union is strongly committed to supporting democracy in Somaliland. These vehicles will play a crucial role in monitoring elections preparation and ensuring election security,”said Berlanga.
Naasir Aydid Mohamed, deputy Minister of Interior commended the donation.
“I would like to express our thanks to the EU and Sweden and to UNDP, UNSOM and the other agencies involved in the Joint Rule of Law Programme in Somaliland for helping us make Somaliland safer and more secure,” Mohamed said.
Simon Strachan, UNSOM’s Head of Office said the provision of these vehicles is part of the UN’s broader support to Somaliland in its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Other Joint Rule of Law Programme activities include legal aid for women and vulnerable groups, such as children, minorities and refugees/IDPs; the monitoring of prisons and police stations to ensure compliance with human rights standards; and capacity building for all justice institutions, including training and equipment,” Strachan said.
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