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Police Reform and Human Rights Investigations: The Experience of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Claudio Cordone

The aim of any internationally-led programme of police reform should be to develop a police force that is effective in fighting crime and that respects international human rights standards. Such a new police force would need to be sufficiently equipped and competent in preventing and detecting crime. Furthermore, it would have to operate outside discriminatory influences based on political, ethnic, gender or other grounds and also possess internal mechanisms to redress abuses by its members. On the operational side, a programme of reform would normally include a vetting mechanism for the officers of the new force, the provision of technical training and of training in human rights, and the supervision of police operations through human rights investigations.