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Ecuador: police officers receive training on human rights

30-04-2010 News Release 10/76

Lima (ICRC) – From 3 to 7 May 2010, some 60 Ecuadorian police officers will participate in a workshop on human rights in the city of Cuenca, intended specifically for police units responsible for maintaining public order.

The participants will come from a number of these units in southern Ecuador, including those in Cuenca, Morona-Santiago, Azuay, Zamora-Chinchipe, Cañar and Chimborazo.

The aim of the training is to help Ecuadorian police officers learn techniques for handling disturbances and internal tension that are based on respect for and the application of international rules on the use of force. This will enable them to respond appropriately during protests.

The workshop has been jointly organized by the human rights department of the national directorate for education of the Ecuadorian national police force and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC and the Ecuadorian police have been working together since 2000, when a training course on human rights was developed for police instructors.

  For further information, please contact:
  Dafne Martos, ICRC Lima, tel. + 51 1 241 9904