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U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia


Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of of Somalia and his wife Qamar Ali Omar arrive for a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

In its continued effort to promote peace and stability in Somalia, the United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Representatives of the two governments met in Washington August 5 and signed an agreement offering approximately $1.9 million for police development initiatives. Under the agreement, the United States and the Somali Federal Government will work together to increase the capacity of Somali officials to deter and effectively respond to crime. The agreement follows a previous Somali security sector initiative supported by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

The main focus of the agreement is to aid the Criminal Investigative Division of the Somali National Police Force to improve its ability to investigate complex crimes and prepare cases for prosecutions in court.

Two years ago, Somalia completed its political transition with the election of a new federal parliament and speaker, the national constituent assembly's adoption of a provisional constitution, the election of a new president and the naming of a new prime minister and cabinet. Its government agencies are still developing, and international assistance for key offices such as police and the courts will benefit the nation with improved services. A strong emphasis will be put on respect for human rights.

The United States is committed to helping Somalia's government strengthen democratic institutions, improve stability and security, and deliver results for the Somali people.

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