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First ICRC course on international humanitarian principles for Uganda police starts

29-05-2006 News Release

This press release was issued by the ICRC delegation in Kampala

The ICRC and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) on Monday, 29.05.06, began an eight day joint training exercise during which 25 police instructors will be trained in International Humanitarian Principles and Human Rights (IHP/HR) applicable in policing.
 
The training is underway in Mukono and will run up to June 06. Following this course, the UPF will begin incorporating IHP/HR into its training procedures. These procedures are in line with international treaties like the African Charter on human and people's rights, Universal Declaration of human rights, Right to liberty and prisoners'rights, International Covenant on civil and political rights, Right to life and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, among others.
 
The programme will include lectures on law enforcement powers, use of force and firearms, prevention of crime, maintenance of public order and the role of the police.
 
Officers attending are expected to form the foundation of personnel equipped to teach IHP/HR in police institutions. The conduct of nine such courses is envisaged during a three year period of co-operation between ICRC and UPF.
 
Enhancing basic knowledge of humanitarian principles contained in international legislations forms part of the ICRC's activities carried out in a neutral, impartial and independent manner.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Graziella Leite Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel. 0772 221 994 Or 041 341 605/6  

 Henry Ochieng, ICRC Kampala, tel. 0772 501 436 Or 041 341 605/6