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AIHRC hosts national human rights conference for police

Graphic: Dr Sima Samar, AIHRC Chairperson, addreess the opening of the national conference

Around 200 people from across Afghanistan have taken part in two days of discussions on human rights and policing.

As part of its program of cooperation with security agencies in the country, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission recently hosted a two-day national conference on human rights and police.

Held in Kabul on 12-13 February 2017, the conference sought to assist police forces understand how human rights applied to their daily work and identify strategies to support them protect the rights of citzens

The conference was attended by 200 people, including 120 district chiefs of police from various provinces, as well as a number of senior government officials.

Dr. Sima Samar, AIHRC Chairperson, Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid, Minister of the Interior Affairs, and Farid Hamidi, Afghanistan's Attorney General, addressed participants at the opening session of the conference.

Dr. Samar highlighted the important role that police can play to promote good governance across Afghanistan. She also stressed that torture is, at all times, absolutely contrary to the values of human rights.


If the police are successful, our people do not stay away from the police, and the enemy cannot get the people's support. That's why we emphasize that the police should be professional and carry out their duties based on the law and human rights values.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Logo Dr Sima Samar, Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Graphic: Police taking part in the national conference


Police officers were active participants in the program, working in small groups to discuss the challenges of policing and how human rights values could be better incorporated into their work.

They also contributed to working groups that examined the following issues:

  • Effective strategies to support the police to protect human rights
  • Problems and challenges faced by police in the field when observing human rights
  • Prohibition of torture and ill-treatment,
  • Challenges facing women in their interaction with police, including those serving in the police
  • Respected the rights of those accused and convicted of crimes
  • Police duties in combat situations.

Date: 3 March 2017

Source: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission


Graphic: Participants at the AIHRC conference

AIHRC Report on National Human Rights Conference for Police

Afghanistan

Held in February 2017, the conference brought together police and justice officials from provinces across the country.


Image credits

  1. Dr Sima Samar, AIHRC Chairperson, addreess the opening of the national conference - Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
  2. Police taking part in the national conference - Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission