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Brazil: Human rights seminar for police instructor

14-03-2002 News Release 02/11

The Second Latin American Human Rights Seminar for police instructors was held in the south-eastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte from 18 February to 1 March. The two-week event was organized by the ICRC delegation in Brasilia in conjunction with the military police of the state of Minas Gerais.

The seminar was attended by police instructors from Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela who had already received training from the ICRC over the last three years. It offered them the opportunity not only to learn more about human rights, but also to hone the practical skills they use in teaching the subject to their fellow police officers. Advice was given on organizing and coordinating courses to spread knowledge of human rights and humanitarian principles applicable to policing, and the police officers worked together to produce standard teaching materials in Spanish and Portuguese.

The 42 seminar participants are now fully trained specialists in human rights instruction. They will be available to take part in ICRC dissemination activities intended for police and security forces in Latin America.