26 Nov, 2015
The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) has trained another contingent of 40 law enforcement officers drawn from agencies within the Greater Banjul.
The training workshop took place 24-26 November 2015 at Paradise Suites Hotel.
This workshop was the second in a series of training sessions to be organized for uniform officers at various locations in The Gambia within the framework of IHRDA’s project titled ‘Human Rights Capacity Building for Gambian Law Enforcement Agencies’. The project is funded by British Embassy in Banjul.
During the training, officers were drilled on diverse and pertinent issues related to their vocation, notably The Gambia’s regional and international human rights obligations; powers of The Gambian Police Force; the right to personal liberty; arrest, search procedures, and the right to privacy; dealing with non-nationals in conflict with the law; torture; the use of force and firearms by the police; rights of detainees and prisoners; policing gender-based violence cases, as well as cases involving children.
At the end of the workshop, each officer was issued a CD with compilation of relevant Gambian domestic laws, as well as all African Union and United Nations instruments pertaining to policing and human rights.
IHRDA is currently developing a human rights manual for Gambian law enforcement agencies, as part of the project.
It is expected that the next training will take place at Basse from 8-10 December 2015. The first training was held from 27-29 October 2015, still within the Greater Banjul.