Why Human Rights Is Important to Law Enforcement

ABA ROLI actively defends the rights of all people, including LGBT people, to have control and free and responsible decision-making on issues related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, without coercion, discrimination and violence. To this end, we train, support and empower local lawyers, paralegals, representatives of civil society organizations and members of LGBT communities to oppose violence and use national anti-discrimination laws and international human rights treaties to protect and enforce sexual rights. In parallel, we train justice system actors to deal with discrimination and hate crime cases and work to expand legal protection against biased crimes through legislative reforms and strategic litigation. Finally, we conduct public awareness campaigns that challenge prejudices and harmful stereotypes and highlight the contributions of LGBT people to society. We believe that education is an important methodology to ensure a positive relationship between human rights and law enforcement. Such a relationship is important to effectively ensure change in our communities around the world. In a relationship designed to foster our development in a world of recognized inalienable rights, our law enforcement is an important factor on our path to success. For order to exist, there must be freedom. Our overarching vision for access to justice includes not only the ability to access justice and legal representation, but also the ability to work effectively with law enforcement officers and use informal, non-governmental justice mechanisms. Civil society can provide important support to individuals and communities and effectively counterbalance the powers of the State and the private sector. As a result, we often draw on the unique perspectives of civil society organizations, grassroots power, and institutional knowledge to design and implement effective and sustainable programs. Diplomacy is the art of dealing sensitively and effectively with people.

Despite the objective of diplomacy in advocating equal rights for all, the right to education has been enshrined in a number of international conventions, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Social Affairs. At USIDHR, we also recognize the importance of education in bringing about change. Through our Human Rights Advisor training, students learn the fundamental principles of human rights and are given the tools to implement these lessons in their own lives, work and communities. Our teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is conducted thoroughly and effectively so that students can become certified counselors and educate others about their human rights. If you`d like to learn more about your human rights and learn more about the tools for creating law enforcement programs, or if you work in law enforcement, check out our human rights course here. Respect for civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights is a pillar of a strong rule of law culture that ensures the security and stability of communities and nations. Our programmes promote a greater appreciation and application of regional and international human rights principles in national legal systems. Through tailor-made training and capacity building for lawyers, judges, civil servants, law professors, law students, civil society organizations and the public, ABA ROLI contributes to the development of societies capable of defending and enforcing human rights. In addition, we promote and facilitate the documentation and investigation of human rights violations, support strategic litigation and contribute to the protection of human rights in the context of business and development. The lack of effective advocacy services for the indigent often leads to the denial of full access to justice for all citizens. To help, ABA ROLI programs promote better access to justice, legal representation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

ABA ROLI has extensive experience with traditional legal aid approaches, such as legal clinics, circuit lawyer programs, civil and criminal legal aid programs, pro bono support, and advocacy for legislation to establish such services. In addition, we are working to strengthen non-traditional legal resources such as community paralegals, which often serve as the primary means of resolving disputes for poor and marginalized people. ABA ROLI also seeks to improve citizens` understanding of their rights by integrating civic education into the provision of legal services. Improving access to justice and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including women, children and marginalized communities, are among ABA ROLI`s main objectives. ABA ROLI implements targeted strategies to promote human rights worldwide, while applying human rights and gender perspectives in all its programmes and areas of activity, in line with a comprehensive human rights-based approach to legal development. ABA ROLI is guided by the principles of human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action states that “the administration of justice, including the maintenance of law and order. is essential for the full and non-discriminatory realization of human rights. It recommends that education be a necessary means to ensure that law enforcement officials know that they are being enforced. Law enforcement agencies must work to dispel the “bending the rules” mentality or we run the risk of suffering an “affront to human dignity” and an obstacle to effective policing. The power to use force by law enforcement agencies derives from the State`s duty to maintain law and order and guarantee human rights and the rule of law.

The use of force may therefore be necessary, for example, to protect public life, health and safety. ABA ROLI supports local stakeholders in drafting laws and implements legal education, legal aid and advocacy programs to promote women`s rights. To improve women`s access to justice, we facilitate mobile courts and support women`s legal aid clinics, as well as paralegals and circuit lawyer programs that provide pro bono support when local lawyer services are unavailable or unaffordable. To promote the professional development of women lawyers and harness their potential to advocate for women`s rights, we offer training and mentorship programs, as well as support to women`s bar associations. And to improve countries` response to domestic violence, systematic rape, harmful traditional practices, and other atrocities, we organize workshops to strengthen legal aid, advocacy campaigns, and legal aid programs. In addition, we promote effective and vigorous prosecution of these crimes by providing capacity-building training to police, prosecutors, judges and lawyers. We also work with activists, leaders and lawyers to advocate for political reform and to incorporate and implement gender provisions in laws and constitutions. These targeted strategies are complemented by a gender mainstreaming approach to ensure that gender perspectives are an integral part of our programmes in all thematic areas.

The High Commissioner has made several statements on the issue of the use of force by law enforcement officials, most recently related to law enforcement and racial justice and equality in resolution 43/1, which led to the report A/HRC/47/53 of 2021. First, I think it`s very important to understand the importance of diplomacy. Diplomacy: the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations; Violence, discrimination, harassment and other gross human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and people are widespread around the world. Some of these violations are enshrined in highly punitive and restrictive laws that undermine the rule of law, impede access to health care and other essential services and, in their extreme forms, lead to inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment by law enforcement officials, judicial actors and government officials. In light of the recent upsurge in global protests, it is necessary to remind law enforcement and the public of the rules governing the surveillance of gatherings by law enforcement agencies. OHCHR has consistently advocated for States to comply with international standards to prevent the abuse of force, including the misuse of less lethal weapons in law enforcement.