Supporting military and police cooperation and judicial training to increase protection against abuse of power and torture.
National legal systems are meant play a central role in implementing human rights, yet we often find that the mechanisms needed to realize this intention are almost absent.
NCHR supports the judiciary's capacity to improve its human rights compliance by strengthening human rights knowledge among core actors within the chain of justice, including judges, prosecutors and the police. To this end we teach police detectives investigative interviewing methods that could contribute to prevent torture and errors of justice, and cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in order to develop global standards for police investigation.
Our projects aim at building competence on investigative interviewing among law enforcement personnel. We engage with leading researchers in the area of criminal investigations, evidence evaluation, and forensic interviewing. Our approach is to introduce the concept in our partner countries, and provide a group of dedicated fact-finders - primarily police detectives - with training and access to relevant literature and international research networks. We also work globally, and in multilateral fora with the aim of developing a set of universal guidelines for investigative interviewing.
At a time when the human rights movement needs allies, the initiative to develop the Universal protocol is important because it punctures the myth that security and human rights are antithetical -Assistant Secretary General Andrew Gilmour.