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Bolivia - Training in human rights and humanitarian principles for national police

23-05-2002 News Release 02/21

The ICRC regional delegation in Buenos Aires launched a training programme for the national police with an introductory seminar in La Paz.

On 9 and 10 May, the ICRC regional delegation in Buenos Aires launched a training programme for the national police with an introductory seminar in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. The aim of the programme is to increase knowledge of human rights norms and universal humanitarian principles so as to ensure that they are fully respected by law enforcement personnel, especially in the maintenance of law and order and public security. The programme covers both the relevant domestic legislation and international treaties in force.

The purpose of the seminar, which was attended by 35 high-ranking officers, was to provide an overview of the programme's aims, contents and methods. The programme comprises a series of courses designed to train instructors who will then be able to pass on their knowledge to others within the framework of courses given at national police training centres.

Such programmes, which are among the preventive activities the ICRC carries out in many countries affected by internal violence, help to ensure that those who enforce the law, whether they are police or security officers, fully comply with their duty to respect the rights of the individual.