Three Commissioners of the new Human Right Commission last Friday paid a courtesy call on the Police boss, Brima Acha Kamara to apprise him about the work of their Commission.
The Commission’s team, which was headed by Commissioner Edward Sam, the deputy chair of the commission told the Inspector General of Police that they want to partner with them.
Edward Sam pointed out that the police is an arm which is very important in ensuring that human rights are respected in Sierra Leone.
“We want to improve human rights education all across the board in the police” he promised.
The deputy chair said that the commission is also concerned about the curriculum of the police training school especially on the observance of human rights.
He said that the commission would also want regular interactions with the police
Mr Edward Sam assured that the Human Right commission is an independent entity and that they will be looking into complains from the police and against the Police.
He also requested that the commission would be visiting their detention centers from time to time and that they expect permission from the police.
The Commissioners also commended the impartial and mature stature the police took during the just concluded elections.
The Inspector General said that they are taking human rights seriously as they have even established an internal institution in the police to police themselves.
He said that as an institution they are trying to maintain the high standards of the tenets of human rights but complained that a lot of people did not know the rigours and pressures on police and they most time misunderstand them as violating human rights.
He pointed that some of the laws are at variance with the spirit of human rights and police have to enforce those laws.
The IGP however assured the Commission that their doors will always be opened and would cooperate with the Commission.