Central America and Dominican Republic Militaries Train on Human Rights

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2015 Defense Minister Munguía Payés added that this sort of training is developed within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), which always seeks to enrich knowledge in international humanitarian law, strengthening the friendly relations and mutual cooperation among the armed forces. Among those commands, the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) have deployed various Military units to reinforce security in the most violent municipalities, along the borders and the communities on the outskirts of penitentiaries. Their mission is to detect movements by criminal groups or individual criminals that could affect public order. “These simulations allow us to work on how to apply the concepts in the defense of civilians, and they underscore how important a decision can be in public security efforts affecting civilians. Now we are better able to perform our duties and we have awoken an interest in these functions.” “This is the first region-wide course to facilitate the application of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Armed Forces’ new role.” Defense Minister Munguía Payés added that this sort of training is developed within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), which always seeks to enrich knowledge in international humanitarian law, strengthening the friendly relations and mutual cooperation among the armed forces. ICRC officials said the participation of Officers in the workshops is of vital importance since they are the ones who will be responsible for sharing the knowledge they have acquired with their Troops, as well as other service members involved in public security efforts. A group of Armed Forces officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic recently participated in a practical workshop directed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on defending the human rights of civilian populations during military operations against organized crime. Protecting victims “The Armed Forces have special commands that support the National Civil Police [PNC] that have come for training on international law standards that apply to day-to-day public security efforts which will allow them to take action without violating the law.” A group of Armed Forces officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic recently participated in a practical workshop directed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on defending the human rights of civilian populations during military operations against organized crime. Captain Hamlet Rivera Espino, a representative from the Guatemalan Armed Forces, said he was anxious to share the knowledge he’d gained at the seminars regarding defending civilian populations while protecting human rights. “The training we received supports us in strengthening public order and assures the civilian population that our Troops have been trained and can perform their duties efficiently in support of the PNC.” Spreading the knowledge Captain Hamlet Rivera Espino, a representative from the Guatemalan Armed Forces, said he was anxious to share the knowledge he’d gained at the seminars regarding defending civilian populations while protecting human rights. During the training, which took place in San Salvador from April 6-17, service members shared their experiences on protecting human rights while using force and firearms to combat violent criminals, according to Salvadoran Minister of Defense Major General David Munguía Payés. “This is the first region-wide course to facilitate the application of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Armed Forces’ new role.” “The Armed Forces have special commands that support the National Civil Police [PNC] that have come for training on international law standards that apply to day-to-day public security efforts which will allow them to take action without violating the law.” During the training, which took place in San Salvador from April 6-17, service members shared their experiences on protecting human rights while using force and firearms to combat violent criminals, according to Salvadoran Minister of Defense Major General David Munguía Payés. Protecting victims Among those commands, the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) have deployed various Military units to reinforce security in the most violent municipalities, along the borders and the communities on the outskirts of penitentiaries. Their mission is to detect movements by criminal groups or individual criminals that could affect public order. Spreading the knowledge “The FAES currently performs patrol, review, and detection operations to fight trafficking in weapons, persons, and drugs at different points throughout the country, in support of the PNC. So, what we learn in this workshop will help us in both judicial and legal contexts, to know how to take action without violating individuals’ rights while we conduct these operations,” said FAES Second Lieutenant Kevin Solís Méndez. “The training we received supports us in strengthening public order and assures the civilian population that our Troops have been trained and can perform their duties efficiently in support of the PNC.” During some of the seminars, Officers described success stories and engaged in simulated exercises. The latter training that helps Soldiers gain the trust of crime victims and improves the security of Troops, said Captain Charles Calderón, a representative from the Honduras Armed Forces (FAH). The service members participating in the workshop also received training on the basic concepts of international law, human rights, the treatment of prisoners, and Codes of Conduct for law enforcement officers. ICRC officials said the participation of Officers in the workshops is of vital importance since they are the ones who will be responsible for sharing the knowledge they have acquired with their Troops, as well as other service members involved in public security efforts. The Officers “now have the essential knowledge needed to make the right decision on employing weapons or using force in operations to maintain public order and protecting the rights of the civilian population above all,” explained Miguel Ramírez González, a delegate from the ICRC. “We know that we have trained the trainers, who will spread their knowledge and bring these same lessons to their units.” The service members participating in the workshop also received training on the basic concepts of international law, human rights, the treatment of prisoners, and Codes of Conduct for law enforcement officers. “These simulations allow us to work on how to apply the concepts in the defense of civilians, and they underscore how important a decision can be in public security efforts affecting civilians. Now we are better able to perform our duties and we have awoken an interest in these functions.” The Officers “now have the essential knowledge needed to make the right decision on employing weapons or using force in operations to maintain public order and protecting the rights of the civilian population above all,” explained Miguel Ramírez González, a delegate from the ICRC. “We know that we have trained the trainers, who will spread their knowledge and bring these same lessons to their units.” During some of the seminars, Officers described success stories and engaged in simulated exercises. The latter training that helps Soldiers gain the trust of crime victims and improves the security of Troops, said Captain Charles Calderón, a representative from the Honduras Armed Forces (FAH). “The FAES currently performs patrol, review, and detection operations to fight trafficking in weapons, persons, and drugs at different points throughout the country, in support of the PNC. So, what we learn in this workshop will help us in both judicial and legal contexts, to know how to take action without violating individuals’ rights while we conduct these operations,” said FAES Second Lieutenant Kevin Solís Méndez. last_img read more

40M Accounts Possibly Stolen at Target in Security Breach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)One of the nation’s leading big box retailers, Target, had its in-store payment systems compromised for more than two weeks, resulting in the possible theft of approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts, the retailer said.The intruders breached Target’s systems between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The breach occurred just two days before shoppers flooded Target stores nationwide to grab Black Friday deals. Target locations nationwide also opened Thanksgiving evening (Nov. 28).Krebs on Security, a security blog, was the first to report the breach, which was later confirmed by Target on Thursday. The report said nearly all Target locations in the country may have been affected, citing sources.Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.In a statement, Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman, president and CEO, said “we moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence.”“We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” he added.Target did not say how the intruders were able to gain access to its system.The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating the breach.Target said it alerted authorities and financial institutions impacted by the attack on its systems after it was made aware of the incident. The retailer said its also working with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the breach.The company advised shoppers on its website to review account statements and contact financial institutions if they suspect fraud.last_img read more

CorPower Looking to Expand Its Team

first_imgCorPower Ocean, a provider of wave energy technology, has opened several job positions in the company.The positions include HMI / full stack developer, senior assembly technicians, senior instrumentation & automation engineer and chief financial officer (CFO).As responsible for the Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) and data management functions, the successful candidate will have a key role within the software team and also interact closely with other groups including Systems, Electrical and Mechanical design as well as the Integration & test team.The candidate will manage the data flow from the control software onboard the Wave Energy Converter and developing web applications to allow operators to efficiently monitor and control the Wave Energy Convertors.Furthermore, the new CFO will oversee the company’s financial strategy, operations and compliance during a time of growth and development. The CFO will ensure the highest standards of financial management and guide how the company manages revenues, investments, expenses and cash flow to achieve its goals across operations in Sweden, the UK and Portugal.For the position of senior instrumentation and automation engineer, CorPower is looking for someone with minimum of 5 years of relevant background of developing instrumentation and automation systems for industrial applications.The position includes several tasks to be conducted for the company.CorPower, headquartered in Sweden with offices in Portugal, Scotland and Norway, did not disclose the deadline for the submission of applications for the different positions.last_img read more