Developing International Guidelines on Non-Coercive Interviewing and Associated Safeguards

NCHR together with The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), and the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) have launched a three-year process to develop a set of guidelines on non-coercive interviewing by law-enforcement officials and on the implementation of associated legal and procedural safeguards. These guidelines aim to reduce the well-documented risk of mistreatment and coercion that persons face during questioning by law enforcement, and during the first hours of custody.

Globally, NCHR's engagement with investigative interviewing follows three complementary tracks. One is the anti-torture track working with NGOs and UN agencies to prevent torture by implementing investigative interviewing practices. The second concerns developing training manuals and standards for the UN Department of Peace Keeping's police division (UNPOL). The third is the long-term goal of developing universal standards for the questioning of victims, witnesses and suspects of crime and political violence based on investigative interviewing. Here, the NCHR works with a broad coalition of UN agencies, NGOs, and expert practitioners from law enforcement and intelligence.

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. 

Developing Teaching Resources

The NCHR seeks to expand its pool of instructors in collaboration with the Norwegian Police University College to meet the growing demand. Training materials have already been developed and translated into Indonesian and Vietnamese. NCHR has also contributed to the CTI (Convention against Torture Initiative) training manual Investigative Interviewing for Criminal Cases. The next goal is to develop an e-learning course.

Published June 27, 2019 1:44 PM - Last modified June 27, 2019 1:44 PM