Reforming and developing the police in a society emerging from conflict and dictatorship is a complex undertaking. Such a process cannot be limited to restructuring the institution but also needs to understand the role of the police in a democracy, as defined by its relationships with the people and its interactions with other security, justice and oversight actors. This workshop proposes to approach this challenge in a three-stage process:
In the first stage, general principles and standards of police reform in transitional settings will be presented and discussed by Libyan and international policing experts. This stage will not just focus on what police should be built (the principles of democratic policing) but also on how it can be built (the process of police reform). Particular emphasis will be put on the SSR context of police reform.
In the second stage, practitioners who participated in major police reform processes in transitional countries will share their experiences and identify key lessons learned in the course of this process. Potential case studies include South Africa and Northern Ireland.
On the basis of these first two stages, the workshop participants will identify in the third stage the main issues that need to be addressed in police reform in Libya and determine the key steps of the police reform process.
Participants: senior Ministry of Interior officials, senior representatives of other security institutions and groups that are involved in providing public safety, representatives of relevant parliamentary committees, civil society representatives. The total number should not go beyond 25-30 participants.
Time,duration and location: Week of 23 to 26 September 2013. Duration of 2 days, with six sessions of 1.5 hours. All substantive sessions should be interactive and provide plenty of time for debate. Venue in Tripoli, to be identified.
Support to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the Libyan Defence White Paper process
Under UN Security Council Resolution 2040 (2012), UNSMIL has been mandated (among other tasks) to assist Libya in the area of security sector governance. UNSMIL’s Security Sector Advisory & Coordination Division (SSACD) is assisting the Libyan Ministry of Defence and the Office of the Army Chief of Staff (Chief of Defence Force equivalent), as they initiate preparations towards the development of a Defence White Paper.
A preliminary document entitled 'Towards a Defence White Paper (TDWP)' is being developed as part of this process. ISSAT was requested to provide assistance to UNSMIL’s Security Sector Advisory & Coordination Division with advice on defence white paper process experience. The main purpose of this mission was to accompany national processes and stakeholders in their efforts to refine the TDWP.