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Brazil: Training course for police officers

15-03-2001 News Release 01/10

The ICRC delegation in Brasilia has just finished training 22 police officers from Latin America as instructors in human rights norms and international humanitarian law, with a particular emphasis on those aspects which relate to their duties.

The theoretical part of the course covered the following topics: international and inter-American implementation mechanisms, violations, police powers, crisis management and teaching techniques. More practical aspects of the training focused on firearms and the use of force.

Some of the newly trained police officers, who come from Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, will now be able to serve as instructors in similar courses held by the ICRC for security forces throughout the region.

The training was carried out by ICRC experts and by instructors from the foundation Equity International.