A step towards global standards for police interrogation
The NCHR attends high level UN meeting in New York to promote global standards for police interrogation based on Norwegian experience.
ASG Gilmour together with Cheng Lei from Renmin University of China (left) and General Major Dang Xuan Khang from the Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam (right). (Photo: UiO)
The meeting was headed by the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, and former Special Rapporteur for Torture, Juan Méndez. The purpose of the event was to give the member states an opportunity to hear about Norwegian experiences with the ‘investigative interviewing’ - methodology presented by representatives of the police, intelligence officers and other experts.
Representatives from five continents
More than 30 countries from five continents were represented in the meeting, which was hosted by the EU's UN delegation. Representatives from NCHR partners in China and Vietnam outlined the challenges and opportunities related to investigative interviewing in their respective countries, based on cooperation with NCHR. NCHR representatives Asbjørn Rachlew and Gisle Kvanvig participated in the panel and discussions.
In addition to ASG Gilmour, the UN was represented by the UN Police Force UNPOL, which forms part of the peacekeeping forces, the Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and anti-terrorism experts working under the auspices of the UN.
The meeting represents an important step towards forming a coalition promoting global standards for police interrogation under a UN mandate, says Gisle Kvanvig, the NCHR's representative in New York.
The meeting also gathered representatives from the EU, the OSCE, and civil society organizations working on subjects such as torture, terrorism, migration, fair trial and free legal aid.