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Conference: Fair Treatment of Persons in Police Custody (please register)
October 16 – October 17€150
The Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences is hosting a
conference on FAIR TREATMENT OF PERSONS IN POLICE CUSTODY. This event
will bring together a variety of participants and distinguished speakers
from academia, the police forces, other government authorities,
international organisations and the human rights movement.
In order to fulfil their primary task – providing security and
protecting citizens’ rights – police forces have the power to arrest and
detain persons for a brief period, in order to bring them before a
competent judicial authority. While many of these persons are being
treated correctly, all over the world complaints are raised, more or
less frequently, about inappropriate treatment and human rights
violations in police custody, including verbal abuse or physical
assaults which may amount to inhuman treatment or even to torture. Again
and again such allegations are confirmed by the findings of national or
international courts, or other bodies. The police is an institution of
central significance for upholding the Rule of Law, and at the same time
additional safeguards have to be put in place to ensure that this
institution acts only within the legal powers conferred to it.
In the last decades, the international community has introduced many
instruments and institutions designed to ensure correct treatment of
detainees, and in particular to implement and enforce the prohibition of
torture. While activities of international courts, inspection commitees,
special rapporteurs, national preventive mechanisms and others have
indeed contributed to securing humane treatment of persons in police
custody, there is still much potential for improving the human rights
performance of police forces in the world.
This conference will analyse and evaluate these international activities
and efforts, in order to provide an assessment of how far the world has
come in preventing torture and other ill-treatment in police custody. In
workshops and plenary sessions, international experts and participants
will share their experiences and discuss success stories and setbacks.
They will develop visions and ways how fair treatment of all persons in
police custody may be ensured in a global perspective.
The conference language will be English. The Brandenburg University of
Applied Police Sciences is located in Oranienburg on the outskirts of
Please find more information and the registration form here.