The project, “Police Reforms in Pakistan with special emphasis on human rights training” builds upon the Shehri-NED project “National Project for Participatory Citizen-Police Interaction and training for improved policing of human rights violations” and earlier work under the project “Participatory Citizen-Police Interaction and Training for Improved Policing of Human Rights Violations”.
Therefore the “Police Reforms in Pakistan with special emphasis on human rights training” is focused on:
- Thirty nominated police personnel from provincial capital of Baluchistan Quetta and District Pishin.
- Thirty nominated police personnel provincial capital Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhua and District Nowshera.
- Thirty nominated police personnel from provincial capital Karachi of Sindh.
- Thirty nominated police personnel of provincial capital of Punjab Lahore and District Gujranwala.
- Thirty nominated police personnel from the Federal Capital of Islamabad.
Memorandums of Cooperation (MOCs) have been signed with the Inspector General of Police (IGs) of the all provinces, to send nominations of the police personnel from their respective provinces to Shehri-CBE. This ensures an official buy in of the project and the subsequent trainings from the highest level. It also served as an encouragement to the nominated police personnel.
The project has positively impacted the target groups in two distinct manners that are listed below:
- Specified Training/capacity building – Training programs/institutional resource development
- Meaningful collaboration with communities on joint projects/activities
One consultative workshop in each of the provincial capitals involving all relevant stakeholders including government agencies, judiciary, citizen groups, donors, independent experts, academia etc. are held to enhance the participatory nature of the project. There were four ‘Stakeholder Consultative Workshop’ held at the beginning of the project for personnel of each of the sub group of the target population.
These Stakeholder Consultative Workshops for each of the sub-group served as the first project activity. The focus of these Stakeholder Consultative Workshops was to
- Introduce the project to the nominated participants
- Facilitate interaction between the nominated participants with noted experts on the subject who will serve as resource persons for the workshop.
- Introduce the participants of the previous Shehri–NED projects who will share their experiences and learning with the nominated participants.
- Seek the input of all the stakeholders present on the project and form different working groups on various aspects of the project.
Four different training modules have been prepared by Shehri–NED. These training modules have covered the following areas:
- Training Module – 1: Detailed appraisal of all the relevant policies/rules/legislations pertaining to human rights violations operative in Pakistan (Duration – 2 Days)
- Training Module – 2: The religious dimension and understanding of human rights (with a particular focus on human rights and Islam)
- (Duration – 2 Days)
- Training Module – 3: Human rights within the context of the vulnerable sectors of society (training based on specific case studies dealing with human rights violations of the rights of women, children and minorities)
- (Duration – 2 Days)Training Module – 4: Human rights within the global context (the issue of human rights as it is understood and acknowledged within the global context – Pakistan’s commitment to global pacts such as the UN Declaration on Human Rights)
- (Duration – 2 Days)
The training modules have been structured to provide to the law enforcement officials a holistic outlook and understanding on the issue of human rights within the local, national and international context. Special focus and attention has been given to improving and enhancing the capacities of law enforcement officials to deal with human rights issues as they relate to and impact the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the society.
In the month of January 2010 three workshops were held for Peshawar and Islamabad Police. These workshops were of two days each and they helped in creating awareness among the participants for human rights, while also polishing their negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
At the conclusion of the four training modules, a special training program is held to train selected officials from amongst the nominated police personnel who have successfully participated in the training modules to act as ‘Master Trainers’, for the further continuation of the training. Selection is based on the evaluation results of the performance of the participating law enforcement officials in the preceding training modules. The Special Master Trainers Workshop is of two days and held at Karachi. This does not only help to increase the sustainability of the project through the multiplier effect, but also serves to consolidate the work of the training component of the project in the form of a core group of Master Trainers. These can later on serve as resource persons throughout the country.