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International meeting on “humane” law enforcement held by PNP and Red Cross

The second Asia Pacific Colloquium was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to promote a better understanding of how to carry out law enforcement operations as humanely as feasible.

The PNP Public Information Office said in a statement that local and foreign participants from police agencies of 12 nations in the Asia Pacific Region attended the conference, which was held in Makati City from November 27 to December 1.

The humanitarian discourse was held this year with the theme “Law Enforcement and Reducing Humanitarian Risks in the Early Stages of Detention” after being postponed for the previous three years owing to the epidemic and resulting health limitations.

Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, who is in attendance at another international conference in France, was represented by Maj. Gen. Michael John Dubria, acting chief of the PNP directing staff.

As part of our anti-torture campaign, we have doubled the frequency of planned and unexpected inspections of PNP detention facilities nationwide. According to human rights norms and current regulations, this is done to safeguard the individual rights of people who are in police custody and to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect, according to Dubria’s address at the opening ceremony.

According to Dubria, all police officers have been re-oriented on their duty to inform everyone who has been detained, arrested, or is the subject of a custodial investigation of their legal rights, including their unalienable and inalienable right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

“We are here to jointly express our firm commitment to uphold the rights of all persons, including persons deprived of liberty, simply because we all need to preserve our inherent dignity and value as human beings,” Dubria continued. “We are here to do more than just comply with the requirements of human rights laws.

One of the goals of the event is to raise top officials’ understanding of the humanitarian issues that arise during the initial stages of incarceration. Promote understanding between ICRC coworkers and participants; raise knowledge of the factors that lead to high-risk conduct; and lay the groundwork for operational and policy conversation between the ICRC and states to discuss methods for minimizing humanitarian effects even in delicate regions.

Police organizations from the Asia-Pacific region are taking part in a five-day conference with the aim of facilitating a discussion among experts at a policy or planning level on the risks associated with the early stages of detention, to share policies, current challenges, workable mitigation strategies, and lessons from the Asia-Pacific region.

27 senior officers from 13 different countries attended the first conference, which was jointly organized by the ICRC and the Ecuadorian National Police and held from September 14 to 16, 2016, in Quito. The conference’s topics included “use of force in the maintenance of public order” and “consequences of the use of firearms in the line of duty.”

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