By Patricia Keamo – Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby
Police in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has made a commitment as duty bearers to further the promotion and protection of human rights.
This commitment follows a series of human rights and law enforcement workshops conducted in Buka, Arawa, and Buin from 13th to 22nd March. The training was led by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and supported by Erwin Maritua, Chief Training Instructor of the Bomana Police Training College.
A total of 67 police officers and community auxiliary police attended the training which enabled them to strengthen their capacity to apply human rights in their daily responsibilities in the context of the referendum on the political status of Bougainville.
During the closing of the training in Buka, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Chief of Bougainville Police Service, Francis Tokura told participants that he wants to see the implementation of human rights knowledge and skills so that there won’t be any complaints about the role of Bougainville Police Service.