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Senior police officers in the west undergo human rights training

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho opened a workshop for senior police officers in the Western Division yesterday on gender, violence against women, human rights and laws on gender-based violence. Brigadier-General Qiliho told his senior officers based at stations and units in the Western Division that he expects a change in their attitudes in handling cases of […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 24, 2016 10:20 am

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho opened a workshop for senior police officers in the Western Division yesterday on gender, violence against women, human rights and laws on gender-based violence.

Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen. Sitiveni Qiliho speaking at the workshop yesterday. (FWCC)
Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen. Sitiveni Qiliho speaking at the workshop yesterday. (FWCC)

Brigadier-General Qiliho told his senior officers based at stations and units in the Western Division that he expects a change in their attitudes in handling cases of violence against women.

QILIHO: “I want change. I expect change in how gender-based violence cases are dealt with. We can’t be complacent while the head of government continues to advocate the need to better protect our women and girls.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho urged his officers to learn about the dynamics of violence against women, so they could better mentor and instruct officers under their command to respond sensitively and effectively to reports of gender-based violence.

QILIHO: “While it is unfortunate that we may not be able to police the issue as it occurs in non-public places, it doesn’t mean our efforts stop there.”

“Victims of sexual offences and domestic violence require special care and consideration. This workshop is designed to help us understand the sensitive nature in responding appropriately to female victims reporting gender-based violence.”

The 27 top-ranking officers gathered in Nadi for the week-long workshop facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre with funding from UNDP.

The workshop is aimed at helping senior officers increase their knowledge and improve their understanding of violence against women and girls, improve their skills and sensitivity in responding appropriately to female victims reporting gender-based violence and inform policy.

Senior Police Officers undergoing training.(FWCC)
Senior Police Officers undergoing training.(FWCC)

UN Peace and Development Advisor in Suva Sonja Bachmann said this the second workshop being conducted.

BACHMANN: “UNDP would like to extend its appreciation to the Fiji Police Force under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Qiliho and the FWCC for their collaboration and the continuing momentum to eradicate violence against women and girls.”

“We are happy to partner with the FWCC, an organisation with decades-long experience in this field, on this important initiative.”

This is the second in a series of workshops conducted by the FWCC with the Fiji Police Force to raise awareness of the dynamics of violence against women and better respond to the increasing reporting of such crimes.

The officers are from stations in Lautoka, Nadi, Namaka, Ba, Navosa, Sigatoka, Tavua, Vatukoula, Rakiraki and Nalawa.

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