Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Advanced Human Rights Trainings for Nigeria Police Force

New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

(as prepared for delivery)

 Good morning AIG Training Emmanuel Inyang and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you for joining us today.

As you know, the United States is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to northeast Nigeria.  The goal of the human rights training completed this week is to help prepare officers for the complex work they will encounter as they engage with vulnerable populations in the IDP camps and LGAs. Through this training we also plan to facilitate a train-the-trainer program for those that are training personnel from the various police academies and colleges.  You will be the institutional memory of the NPF, and we plan to continue training and mentoring you further so you can deliver this training to your colleagues within the NPF in the near future.

Human rights are enshrined in the constitution and laws of Nigeria as civil rights of the people of Nigeria.  Respect for civil rights promotes our values and interest in helping secure peace, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, and prevent and respond to humanitarian crises.  Protecting citizen’s civil rights is one of the cornerstones of effective community policing.  Furthermore, protecting the rights of fellow citizens is the best way to gain the community’s trust in the police.  By practicing the human rights-based policing skills you learned this week, you can demonstrate to the community that the police can be trusted and will protect them from the security threats that they face every day.

I commend all of you for your hard work over the past week. Thank you to our trainers from the U.S. for sharing their knowledge and expertise. The U.S. Government greatly appreciates the Nigeria Police Forces’ partnership on this project, and we look forward to more training and collaboration in the coming months.

We are committed to building the long-term institutional capacity of the police and to support efforts to bring peace to all areas in Nigeria.  Thank you and I would now like to hand out your well-earned certificates.