Four female officers trained on human rights

Four Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) female officers have been awarded certificates for their participation in the first United Nation Human Rights pilot training workshop yesterday.

They are part of the 15 police officers who took part in the five day workshop at the Bomana Police Training College.

One of the policewomen, Judith Aihi, says this type of training should be conducted throughout the country as many surprisingly do not know about their rights as human beings.

Aihi says there are very important aspects of human rights that people need to understand and specific awareness is needed for public knowledge and understanding.

In a society like Papua New Guinea, we are faced everyday with situations involving the life of another. Aihi says the perpetrator is as much a victim as the victim himself, which is why this human rights workshop is very important for not only working class people but students as well.

Coordinator and co-facilitator Senior Inspector Paul Kipak thanked the trainer, Patrick Castellan, for piloting this human rights training for the past several days with the officers. Castellan is a human rights advisor with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kipak, who spoke on behalf of the Training Commandant Perou N’Dranou, acknowledged the support of the Australian Aid for funding the human rights training.

This is a much-needed training that all RPNGC officers should go, says Kipak.


Annette Kora