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The PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) has a new Chief in Police Chief Superintendent Nestor M. Fajura, former director of the Philippine National Police Academy. PCSupt. Fajura recently completed his Doctor’s Degree in Criminology. He is also a holder of a Master of Management Studies degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The PNP HRAO, which recently celebrated its fifth founding anniversary, continues its efforts to fulfill its vision of becoming a UN-certified bastion of human rights protection. Fajura believes that the creation of a human rights-based police force rests heavily on the courageous men and women of the PNP. The past year, the HRAO made several laudable projects to promote and institutionalize human rights as an unassailable standard within the police force.

Recently, the PNP/HRAO held a fun run dubbed Basta Run Against Torture during the June 26 UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims in partnership with prime movers the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).Representatives of the PNP/HRAO, AFP, DILG, BJMP, CHR and UATC signed the “Declaration of Commitment” reaffirming their full support to the protection of human rights. HRAO Chief PCSupt. Fajura delivered the PNP commitment speech at the National Headquarters Camp Crame declaring its commitment towards the fight against the commission of torture in the country.The activity culminated in a forum presided by PDIR Lina Sarmiento and CHR Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales which successfully served as a venue to address issues and strengthen efforts to stop the apparent culture of torture impunity in the country.PCSupt. Fajura said that the PNP is exerting all efforts to meet the requirements stipulated in the newly ratified Optional Protocol on the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) adopted during the UN General Assembly in December 2002 and enforced in June 2006 assuring the organization’s unfading commitment to address and eliminate all forms of torture in the PNP.

HRAO is involved in a series of trainings that started last May and will run for a year. PNP’s Hanns Seidel Foundation/Germany is a training for HR Desk Officers (line unit) while PNP’s International Committee of the Red Cross is a training on International Humanitarian Law for PNP RPSB, PPSC, SAF officers and others.

The success of changing the image of the PNP hinges on the political will of its leadership and the partnerships cultivated and enhanced by the PNP-HRAO under PCSupt. Fajura, through its efforts committing the entire PNP to the service and protection of human rights. (NUP Loreto B. Concepcion)

(Police Digest August 2012 Issue; p.10