Policing from a Human Rights Perspective


Authors : Dr. John Motsamai Modise; Phemelo Sheldon Modise

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

Google Scholar : https://tinyurl.com/483txyx3

Scribd : https://tinyurl.com/5x9twbn2

DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10057407

Abstract : The community, the government, and the international community all suffer when human rights are violated during an investigation. Because of this, this study aims to determine why and how police breach the fundamentals of human rights and what steps should be done to protect them when conducting investigations. Every civilization has a police force that is charged with maintaining law and order, upholding justice, the rule of law, preventing crime, and defending human rights. It is the job of the police to carry out the process of arrest, search, and seizure in accordance with the law without neglecting duties; regardless of the circumstances in which the police find them, they should act towards every human person with a sense of duty and care for human rights. The arrest, search, and seizure protocols established to guarantee the preservation of human rights must be followed by the police. Human rights and policing are two notions that go hand in hand. Contrary to popular assumption, however, effective law enforcement and respect for human rights are incompatible. It is important to question whether this is indeed the case and whether the idea of human rights is one that has only lately been introduced and is more akin to a restriction on the police force. It is argued that the idea of human rights is incompatible with efficient law enforcement because the latter would necessitate occasionally "bending the laws"

Keywords : Policing, Law Enforcement Officers, Human Rights; Human Rights-Friendly Policing

The community, the government, and the international community all suffer when human rights are violated during an investigation. Because of this, this study aims to determine why and how police breach the fundamentals of human rights and what steps should be done to protect them when conducting investigations. Every civilization has a police force that is charged with maintaining law and order, upholding justice, the rule of law, preventing crime, and defending human rights. It is the job of the police to carry out the process of arrest, search, and seizure in accordance with the law without neglecting duties; regardless of the circumstances in which the police find them, they should act towards every human person with a sense of duty and care for human rights. The arrest, search, and seizure protocols established to guarantee the preservation of human rights must be followed by the police. Human rights and policing are two notions that go hand in hand. Contrary to popular assumption, however, effective law enforcement and respect for human rights are incompatible. It is important to question whether this is indeed the case and whether the idea of human rights is one that has only lately been introduced and is more akin to a restriction on the police force. It is argued that the idea of human rights is incompatible with efficient law enforcement because the latter would necessitate occasionally "bending the laws"

Keywords : Policing, Law Enforcement Officers, Human Rights; Human Rights-Friendly Policing

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