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7 Jul 2020

NGO and corporate members of the Voluntary Principles Initiative urge for respect of human rights in public security organizations

In July 2020, corporate and NGO members of the Voluntary Principles Initiative released a Joint Statement on Policing and Respect for Human Rights. Following weeks of demonstrations around the world condemning police brutality and systemic racism present in public security institutions, the Joint Statement highlights the importance of improving the human rights performance of public and private security organizations.

The Joint Statement outlines relevant Principles and best practices, including perioridic risk assessments by security providers, effective community engagement, including with women and vulnerable groups, regular training on de-escalation techniques and human rights compliance, as well as accountability in cases of human rights violations.

This story includes a link to the full statement and a link to a webinar on Security and Human Rights and the treatment of national minorities.