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Myanmar: ICRC expands dialogue on policing standards in Rakhine

10-12-2013 News Release 13/224

Yangon (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Myanmar Police Force will launch a four-day seminar today in Sittwe, Rakhine state, on international policing standards and the exercise of police powers. This is the first such seminar for police officers at Rakhine state level.

Running until 13 December, the seminar will bring together 35 senior police officers from the rank of captain to lieutenant colonel. John-Erik Jensen, the ICRC's regional police expert with more than 30 years of experience as a police officer, is running the seminar.

"We are delighted to continue expanding our dialogue with the Myanmar Police Force," said Jürg Montani, the ICRC's head of delegation in Myanmar. "Through its work with police forces around the world, the ICRC has gained expertise in addressing the challenges that face law-enforcement officers in various situations. We look forward to fruitful exchanges of experience this week and in the future."

The seminar in Sittwe follows a similar event held in Naypyitaw in September, the first seminar for police commanders ever held by the ICRC in the country.

Through presentations, videos, case studies and practical exercises, the workshop will focus on the discretionary use of police powers. As in the seminar in Naypyitaw, topics covered will include public-order management and riot control, the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention, and search practices. Participants will also be introduced to the ICRC’s role and activities in Myanmar and throughout the world.

The ICRC is a strictly humanitarian and non-political organization. In Rakhine state, the ICRC and the Myanmar Red Cross Society work closely with the local authorities to strengthen the health-care system and improve access to care for everyone. The ICRC also helps develop sources of income for violence-stricken communities.
 

For further information, please contact:
Giuseppe Pogliari, ICRC Yangon, tel: +95 9 420 107 606