UN trains Somalia security forces on humanitarian law

Policemen at General Kaahiye Police Academy undergo training in criminal investigation. The training is being provided by AMISOM's Police Training and Development Unit and hopes to equip Mogadishu with a team of police officers that will effectively be able to deal with criminal investigations. AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.
Policemen at General Kaahiye Police Academy undergo training in criminal investigation. The training is being provided by AMISOM’s Police Training and Development Unit and hopes to equip Mogadishu with a team of police officers that will effectively be able to deal with criminal investigations. AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.

The United Nations said Tuesday it has started a two-week training session for 63 Somalia security forces on human rights and international humanitarian law.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said participants will get a better understanding of their complex roles and duties in the protection of civilians, vulnerable and marginalized individuals and such groups as women and children.

The training in Baidoa, South West state’s administrative capital, is attended by Somali National Army (SNA) and the South West Special Police Force.

South West state Minister of Women and Human Rights Nadifa Armey Abdullahi said the training will enable security forces to have a good understanding of human rights since they are dealing with different sections of the society.

Similar training for SNA officers aimed at enhancing the capacity of the armed forces in human rights observance was held in Baidoa last week.

UNSOM’s Human Rights and Protection Group is conducting the training as part of the mission’s mandate to support the rebuilding of Somalia’s security institutions.