The Philippine Star
April 15, 2015, Wednesday
PNP, German NGO to promote human rights-based policing
By: Cecille Suerte Felipe
The Philippine National Police and a German Non-Government Organization have joined hands to hold education and training, community-based dialogues and guides on human rights to promote “human rights-based policing” in the country.
PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said yesterday the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP HRAO) is now working with the Hanns Seidel Foundation for the advancement of human rights within the PNP.
“The two parties have been working to mainstream human rights through education and training”, said Espina.
He said the program is in line with the commitment towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
Espina and HSF resident representative Paul Schaefer signed the memorandum of understanding yesterday at Camp Crame.
The PNP and the HSF have been working together for human rights training and education of the 150,000 policemen since 2008.
The PNP and the HSF will host the first Southeast Asia Human Rights Forum for Police Officials from April 27 to 30.
HRAO head Chief Superintendent Antonio Viernes said the forum would present country specific experiences in observing human rights in police operational procedures and training police recruits.
Espina said the PNP is working to develop among its members respect for human rights and improve awareness through community-oriented and human rights-based policing.