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Legislative Guidance Tool for States to Regulate Private Military and Security Companies

The Legislative Guidance Tool offers a blueprint for legislators to create policies and laws which are in line with internationally recognised good practices. It is aimed at parliamentarians and law and policymakers who undertake to develop new or update existing laws for national legislation of the private military and security …

Montreux Document

The Montreux Document reaffirms the existing obligations of States under international law, in particular, international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law, relating to the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in situations of armed conflict. The Document also lists good practices to assist States in implementing these obligations. Although …

Regulating the Use of Force by Private Security Providers – A Guidance Tool for States

This Guidance Tool is intended to support States in regulating the use of force by private security providers. The standards, requirements, and good practices contained in this Tool should be incorporated in national legislation, regulations, by-laws, as well as criteria for licensing, authorisation and registration. Additionally, States can use this …

Will Palestinian Authority revamp PLO?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 27, the two rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas delayed to Dec. 10 the final transfer of power over the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — which was set for Dec. 1 under the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo Oct. 12. This comes …

Palestine to get its own central bank

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) is currently preparing to open the Palestinian Central Bank, as soon as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signs the Central Bank of Palestine law. This comes as the PMA fulfilled the requirements for transitioning into an integrated central bank. The preparations included restructuring the PMA, …

The decentralization of Palestinian national discourse

Recent developments on the ground are creating a localized Palestinian national discourse countering the threats that traditional political movements have failed to address. The past few years have proved vital to the Palestinian national discourse. Beyond rigid theoretical themes and historical-ideological frameworks, a mixture of contemporary political and economic developments …

Why was the West Bank excluded from Palestinian reconciliation?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After the 10-year Palestinian division lasting from 2007 to 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed a national reconciliation agreement on Oct. 12 in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt. The agreement aims to end all of the repercussions of the Palestinian division, most notably ending Hamas’ control over the Gaza …

EUPOL COPPS appoints new EU head of the police mission in Palestine and organizes study visits to Europe

PNN/Europe/ EUPOL COPPS  has recently released different press releases regarding Palestine: The EU appointed Kauko Aaltomaa, as new Head of the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories The EU’s Political and Security Committee has appointed Kauko Aaltomaa, a high-ranking official in the Finnish Ministry of Interior, as new Head …

Israel turns blind eye to ‘plundering’ of Palestinian historical sites

Ramallah: Antiques looters and smugglers are being given free rein in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank to continue plundering Palestinian history and heritage, it is claimed. Despite successes by the Palestinian Antiques and Ruins Police in cracking down on unlawful excavations from archeological sites in West Bank cities, they …

Beyond Scarcity : Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Water has always been a source of risks and opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet rapidly changing socioeconomic, political, and environmental conditions make water security a different, and more urgent, challenge than ever before. This report shows that achieving water security means much more than coping with …