ICRC initiative to improve policing in Arakan

(Photo- Arakan Coral)

(Photo- Arakan Coral)

(Sittwe, 13 December 2013): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Myanmar Police Force have joined hands in organising a four-day workshop cum seminar on international policing standards & the exercise of police powers in Sittwe, the capital city of Arakan (Rakhine) State in western Burma.

The event, first of its kind in Rakhine, is scheduled to train nearly 35 senior police officers of the State. Concluding on Friday (13 December), the programme has been supervised by John-Erik Jensen, the ICRC’s regional police expert, who has over 30 years of experience in policing.

The workshop has focused on the discretionary use of police powers in a trouble-torn State like Arakan through various presentations, videos, case studies and practical exercises of the resource persons.

“We are delighted to continue expanding our dialogue with the Myanmar police force,” said Jürg Montani, the ICRC’s head of delegation in Burma (Myanmar).

He also added, “Through its work with police forces around the world, the ICRC has gained expertise in addressing the challenges that face law-enforcement officers in various situations. We look forward to fruitful exchanges of experience this week and in the future.”

Mentionable is that the ICRC is a strictly humanitarian and non-political organization. The international organisation and the Myanmar Red Cross Society continue working closely with the Arakan local authorities to strengthen the health-care system and improve access to care for everyone. The ICRC has also adopted some encouraging measurers for the benefit of the local communities in generating income sources as the State has been witnessing incidents of violence in the recent past.

The Sittwe seminar will be followed by a similar event in Naypyitaw next year stated a press release issued by the ICRC Yangon office.

The topics of Naypyitaw seminar will cover public-order management & riot control, the use of force & firearms, arrest & detention, and various search practices. Participants will also be introduced to the ICRC’s role and activities in Myanmar and throughout the world, added the ICRC release.