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Police Deal With ‘Manhandling,’ Human Rights Issues

As protectors of human rights police officers need to understand their roles. This was the core message at the joint training effort for human rights and gender by the Fiji
22 Jul 2015 16:45
Police Deal With ‘Manhandling,’ Human Rights Issues
Deputy Commsioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa (sitting fifth from left) with other participants at the human rights, gender training programme in Nadi on Monday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

As protectors of human rights police officers need to understand their roles.

This was the core message at the joint training effort for human rights and gender by the Fiji Police force, Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Development Programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s regional rights resources.

The five-day training workshop was opened by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa in Nadi on Monday.

Training co-ordinator Sergeant Ashish Pal said the training was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“At times, people complain about manhandling so this training is supposed to make us more professional and it should reduce the complaints regarding human rights violations,” he said.

He said the 17 participants included station officers from the Western Division.

Part of the training includes analysing Fiji’s Constitution and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

“One training session was conducted in the Southern Division, that included police officers from the Southern and Eastern division and maritime,” he  said.

This week’s training sessions in Namaka involved all police stations from Keiyasi to Lautoka. According to Police, another session will be conducted for stations from Ba to Nalawa.

Feedback: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj

 

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