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Retreat of top management of Uganda Police and the Uganda Human Rights Commission at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo.

The Inspector General of Police J.M Okoth Ochola Thursday opened a joint two-day high level retreat for Uganda Human Rights Commission and Uganda Police Force top leadership at Munyonyo Speke Resort.

The IGP thanked the Uganda Human Rights Commission for organizing the retreat, and accepting to partner with the police in eradicating human rights abuses.

“The involvement of the UPF and UHCR staff in this strategic thinking process will ensure that we all understand, appreciate, internalize, own challenges and implement recommendations that will facilitate proper policing, ” the IGP said.

He said there are two broad goals for this retreat.

“First exchange views on pressing concerns affecting our work of promoting human rights and to strengthen our collaborative relationships in enforcing human rights issues,” he said.

He also noted that the Uganda Police Force has over the years held series of workshops, seminars and retreats in efforts to chart strategic direction towards the effective discharge of its mandate with respect to human rights.

“The police has taken some serious initiatives to implement these policies such remarkable progress in the infrastructural development in respect to suspects accommodation, the bucket system has been eliminated in all newly constructed police stations, conducted human rights training for police officers on various laws such as anti-torture Act and public order management Act, set up disciplinary mechanisms and units such as the professional standards unit to handle errant officers that violate other people’s rights, ” the IGP said.

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