Security Agents Trained on Human Right Adherence

By Kebba Jeffang

The Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) has concluded a 3 day human rights training for the Gaye SoweGambia law enforcement personnel held at the local hotel at Senegambia.

The training that was funded by British Embassy in Banjul was ended on the 29th October, 2015.

The activity was aimed at promoting the awareness of human rights in Africa and improving the effectiveness of African human rights system, particularly among the disciplinary force.

Mr. Gaye Sowe, Executive Director of IHRDA said the purpose of the training is to equip the participant on Human rights issues. He said the training is for Gambian law enforcement agencies to know the numerous human rights obligations contained in national laws and international agreements.

“This will help the officers to be aware of human rights standards that they have to abide by in the course of their duties to the public. IHRDA envisions an African continent where all have access to justice through national, continental and international human rights mechanisms,” he said.

Mr. Sowe informed the officers of the three main issues of defending, educating and informing, which he said will help them in the execution of their duties and in the promotion of human rights status.

Mr. Collin Crorkin, the British Ambassador to The Gambia expressed optimism that it will add value to the daily work of the officers. He urges them to implement whatever they learned in the training.

Momodou Sowe, the Deputy Inspector General of Police underscored the importance of the training to disciplinary force members.

“Such training will close the gap between the community and the police. It would undoubtedly strengthen the understanding of the agents on human rights issues and consequently their compliance with human right laws, while executing their duties properly,” he noted.

He added that the training would play a crucial part towards the achievement of the overall goal of being reckoned not only for adhering to human rights laws but promoting them as well.