Security sector reform

A functioning, responsible and accountable security sector is a vital component in good governance and improving human security. The security sector is often defined as including:

- armed forces and police, intelligence, border agencies, etc

- oversight bodies (eg ministry of police, defence) and justice system (eg courts, prisons)

- private military and security companies, mercenaries, etc

UN-endorsed standards for law enforcement officials include a Code of Conduct and Basic Principles. In 2006, the UN sub-commission on human rights endorsed principles to prevent human rights abuses by state-employed officials with guns. The OECD has also developed SSR guidelines for practitioners.

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Últimas noticias

A new report on the Lord’s Resistance Army, ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ has been launched. It lists a number of recommendations on information sharing and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), among other topics. More

23 November marked the first anniversary of the ‘Ampatuan Massacre’ where 57 people were killed by an armed group in Maguindanao province, the Philippines.

10 people were killed when a policeman went on a shooting spree with a G3 assault rifle in Siakango, Kenya on 6 November.

A Resolution has been passed at the UN that establishes an open-ended intergovernmental working group to focus on the regulation of private military and security companies. 

From 25-29 October in Panama City, UNDP and the Central American Integration System (SICA) are holding a ‘knowledge fair’ on security and violence prevention in Central America.

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El más reciente boletín del Consejo de ONGs de la Comunidad para el Desarrollo de África Austral (SADC-CNGO) incluye una declaración que califica la violencia reciente contra manifestantes en Malawi como “una violación directa de los Principios Básicos de las ONU sobre el uso de la fuerza y las ​​armas de fuego por parte de las entidades de seguridad pública”.