20 September, 2010
The Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and the
Correctional Service, in collaboration with UNDP and Irish Aid, as
part of the Consolidation of Democracy and Good Governance (CDGG)
programme, held a two day workshop
on human rights for Law Enforcement Agencies from 14th-
to 15th of September 2010, at Blue Mountain Inn in
One of the objectives was the furtherance of a human
rights awareness campaign. The campaign will serve to disseminate
knowledge on the promotion and protection of human rights in order
to support a culture of respect for human rights amongst Basotho.
The purpose of the training was to train the trainers
of Law Enforcement Officers with the aim to
promote a human rights culture among Law Enforcement
Agencies, particularly among junior officers. The main objective was
to give an overview of the human rights protection machinery and
assure that the trainers of Law Enforcement Officers appreciate and
understand human rights principles and standards in order to be able
to disseminate this important message.
The training was set up to target directly the day to
day activities of the participants in the enforcement of law and
order, since they are expected to carry out their duties taking into
account the human rights framework.
The workshop was facilitated by two
lecturers from the National University of Lesotho:
Advocate I.P. Shale and Mr. O.M. Owori Lecturer NUL; Major T.
Mathatjane, LDF Directorate of Legal Services; Mr M. Masole,
Deputy Commissioner Operations LCS and
Mr B. 'Nei, Senior Inspector Lesotho Mounted Police
The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Justice
officially opened the workshop stressing the importance of promoting
a human rights culture among Basotho and reaffirming the commitment
of the Government of Lesotho in the respect and fulfilment of human
rights principles and standards in compliance with international
obligations. UNDP, in opening remarks stated that “the role of the
Government and consequently of law enforcement officers, is to
monitor and control the implementation of human rights standards and
principles having a ‘watchdog’ role in undertaking their peculiar
responsibilities. The law enforcement officers’ task is to maintain
the rule of law, while respecting human rights”.
A total of 47 participants attended the workshop.
Seventeen were from the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS), ten from
the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and the National Security
Service (NSS); five from the Lesotho Defence Force and four from the
Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and the Correctional Service.
Important issues were raised and discussed during the
workshop, such as the human rights protection machinery, the
application of human rights in the criminal justice system, the
protection of persons subjected to detention, the prohibition of
torture, Code of Conduct and Principles on the Use of Force by Law
Enforcement Agencies, the protection of national security and
respect for human rights, International Humanitarian Law and the
responsibility for human rights violations.
The participants actively took part in the discussion
and demonstrated appreciation of the issues and topics discussed.
The workshop was particularly valuable, given the shared ideas and
experiences from the participants.
Participants were provided with copies of basic
material on human rights such as the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane and
Degrading Treatment and the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement
In closing the workshop on behalf of the Ministry of
Justice the Chief Legal Officer, Polo Chabane, expressed hope that
the participants “will be good ambassadors and spread the gospel of
human rights to their colleagues”.