Human Rights Training to RPNGC Police Officers in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.
03 September 2021
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Papua New Guinea conducting training on human rights.
From 30 August to 3 September, OHCHR together with the Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNGC) provided a five-day human rights training to RPNGC police officers in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.
The training targeted 40 officials (male and female) from all seven provinces of the Highlands region, and was based on the first human rights training manual developed jointly between OHCHR and the police for use within police-run training. Officials of the mobile patrol squad were targeted as a priority, as they are generally the first point of contact of law enforcement with the general public, with the Highlands region in particular associated with human rights concerns such as sorcery accusation-related violence and intercommunal fighting resulting in forced displacement.
Topics included human rights and state responsibilities; the legal framework of PNG; law enforcement and nondiscrimination; policing and rights of vulnerable groups; ethical and legal conduct of the police; use of force and public order management; human rights during arrest and detention; and protection of victims.
UN entities involved in this initiative
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights