Investigative interviewing highlighted in the UN Security Council
Ambassador Mona Juul states the importance of non-coercive, human rights-compliant intel-gathering during Security Council meeting on Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
In a statement at the United Nation Security Council meeting on Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, 10 February 2021, Ambassador Juul points to the correlation between torture and false confessions and information, stating that:
It is therefore of the utmost importance that the gathering of Counterterrorism intel takes place in a non-coercive, human rights-compliant manner.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), the Norwegian police and the Norwegian Police University College’s efforts to develop manuals and training tools for efficient, non-coercive, and human rights-compliant investigations to practitioners worldwide. These efforts are rooted in the scientifically underpinned approach called Investigative Interviewing.
Developed in the UK and Norway
The term investigative interviewing was introduced in the UK in the early 1990s to represent a shift in police interviewing away from a confession oriented approach and towards evidence gathering. Traditionally, the main aim of interrogation was to obtain a confession from a suspect in order to secure a conviction. Thus, investigative interviewing contrasts pervasive interrogations techniques aimed at making the suspect break down and confess. This methodological and cultural shift was adopted and further developed by the Norwegian Police Service 20 years ago resulting in K.R.E.A.T.I.V.
Norway is a long-standing supporter of the development of manuals and training on this method, equipping practitioners in the security sector with the best tools to ensure they can effectively do their job.
- Ambassador Mona Juul
Ambassador Juul further highlights the importance of information-sharing through international police and security cooperation. Read the full statement here.
International information-sharing of best practice
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 and members of the judiciary investigative interviewing methods that could contribute to prevent torture and errors of justice. NCHR are engaged in a number of regional and multilateral processes to further investigative interviewing globally. Read more about NCHR's Rule of Law initiative.