This training course, organised by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU), in co-operation with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the OSCE Mission to Skopje, aims at developing a practical training module on human rights and counter-terrorism investigations.
ODIHR and the SPMU, in co-operation with the relevant OSCE field operations, will hold two training sessions in Pristina and Skopje on human rights-compliant investigations of terrorism.
The training sessions will gather law enforcement officials from relevant agencies working in the counter-terrorism area as well as from the EULEX (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) with the objective to increase their awareness and practical understanding of human rights issues and international obligations relevant to counter-terrorism investigations. The training courses will focus on, among other topics: the human rights standards applicable to investigations; methods of investigation and searching for evidence of offences; the use of special investigation techniques; interrogation and interviewing of suspects; and interaction with witnesses and victims of terrorism.
This new training module on human rights protection and the investigation of terrorist crimes is a key element of ODIHR’s assistance in developing and implementing training programmes on human rights and anti-terrorism in police academies, judicial institutions, and other relevant institutions as well as of SPMU’s support in police development and reform activities across the OSCE region. It will complement the existing training module on Countering Terrorism, Protecting Human Rights, which has been developed by ODIHR and delivered in more than a dozen locations throughout the OSCE region since 2005.