Police and Human Rights – Manual for Police Training How can respecting human rights help the police? Respect for human rights by law enforcement agencies actually enhances the effectiveness of those agencies. Where human rights are systematically respected, police officers have developed professionalism in their approaches to solving and preventing crime and maintaining public order. In this sense, respect for human rights by police is, in addition to being a moral, legal and ethical imperative, also a practical requirement for law enforcement. When the police are seen to respect, uphold and defend human rights: • Public confidence is built and community cooperation fostered. • Legal prosecutions are successful in court. • Police are seen as part of the community, performing a valuable social function. • The fair administration of justice is served, and, consequently, confidence in the system. • An example is set for respect for the law by others in the society. • Police are able to be closer to the community, and, therefore, in a position to prevent and solve crimes through proactive policing. • Support is elicited from the media, from the international community, and from higher authorities. • A contribution is made to the peaceful resolution of conflicts and complaints. An effective police service is one that serves as the first line of defense in the protection of human rights. Its members carry out their work in a way, which does not rely upon fear and raw power but, on the contrary, is based on regard for the law, honor, and professionalism. What role does training play in protecting human rights? The effective training of police in human rights is an essential element in the global efforts to promote and protect human rights in every country. In order to protect human rights, the police must first know and understand them. Furthermore, police officers must be familiar with the various international guidelines and bodies of principles – such as the Code of Conduct for law enforcement officials and the principles on the use of force and firearms – and be able to use them as tools in their everyday work. They must understand the fact that international human rights standards concerning their work were developed to provide invaluable guidance for the performance of their crucial functions in a democratic society. However, police officers in the line of duty should know not only what the rules are, but also how to do their job effectively within the confines of those rules. Doesn’t concern for human rights hinder effective police work? Most people have heard the argument that respect for human rights is somehow opposed to effective law enforcement. And effective law enforcement means to capture the criminal. And to secure his conviction, it is necessary to “bend the rules” a little. A tendency to use overwhelming force in controlling demonstrations, physical pressure to extract information from detainees, or excessive force to secure an arrest can be observed now and then. In this way of thinking, law enforcement is a war against crime, and human rights are merely obstacles thrown in the path of the police by lawyers and NGOs. In fact, violations of human rights ––78–––– police only make the already challenging task of law enforcement ––– 79––– . When the law enforcer ––– 80––– the lawbreaker, the result is an assault on human dignity, on the law itself and on all institutions of public authority. (G. Kalajdziev, et al. www.humanrights.dk. Adaptado.) 1 - Questão 15784. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 Segundo o texto, uma das tarefas da polícia é a) avaliar os direitos humanos do criminoso. b) julgar os contraventores conforme a sua moral e ética. c) atemorizar os possíveis criminosos pelo uso da força. d) evitar a criminalidade, bem como fazer valer a lei. e) alinhar-se com a justiça, a opinião pública e a mídia. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? 2 - Questão 15785. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 When police respects human rights, a) public confidence is enhanced. b) effective prosecutions are hampered. c) civil unrest may arise. d) preventive and proactive actions are made difficult. e) legal discussions will come up. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? 3 - Questão 15786. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 Whenever enforcing the law, police should a) use overwhelming force to control demonstrations. b) use physical pressure sometimes to obtain confessions. c) be reactive rather than proactive in crime prevention. d) break some laws in case the result is worthwhile. e) avoid any action against human rights. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? 4 - Questão 15787. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 A expressão bend the rules, no trecho – And to secure his conviction, it is necessary to “bend the rules” a little. –, equivale, em português, a a) reforçar as regras. b) questionar as regras. c) transgredir as regras. d) obedecer às leis. e) aproveitar-se das leis. Comentarios (1) Erro questão? 5 - Questão 15788. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 No trecho – In order to protect human rights, the police must first know and understand them. – a expressão in order to introduz uma a) causa. b) finalidade. c) comparação. d) condição. e) alternativa. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? 6 - Questão 15789. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 O trecho do texto – An example is set for respect for the law by others in the society. – pode ser parafraseado da seguinte forma: a) Society respects others according to law examples that should be set. b) An example of the law is set for others to respect society. c) Law in society works as an example for others. d) Others respect the law in the society when an example is set. e) To set an example of the law makes society respect others. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? 7 - Questão 15790. Inglês - Nível Médio - Aluno Oficial - APMBB - VUNESP - 2012 No trecho – However, police officers in the line of duty should know not only what the rules are – a palavra should pode ser substituída, sem alteração de sentido, por a) might. b) would. c) ought to. d) will. e) does. Comentarios (0) Erro questão? Corrigindo... pode demorar um pouco, não atualize.