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Second ICRC course on international humanitarian principles for Uganda police

28-09-2006 News Release 06/58

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) today began a joint course for 25 police instructors on international humanitarian principles and human rights (IHP/HR).

The course is taking place in Mukono, near the Ugandan capital Kampala, and will last for eight days.

Following this course, the UPF will begin incorporating IHP/HR into its training procedures, which are in line with such international treaties as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The programme will include lectures on law enforcement powers, use of force and firearms, crime prevention, maintenance of public order and the role of the police.

The officers attending this course are expected to form the core of staff trained to teach IHP/HR in police institutions. In total, nine such courses are planned over a three-year programme of cooperation between the ICRC and the UPF.

Enhancing basic knowledge of the humanitarian principles contained in international legislation forms part of the ICRC's ongoing activities.

 
  For further information, please contact:
  Graziella Leite Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel: +256 77 222 1994