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International Norms and Standards on Interviewing

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This chapter discusses standards on interviewing people suspected of crime. Article 3 of the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials states that law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty. The European Code of Police Ethics, in article 51, stipulates that police shall be aware of the special needs of witnesses and shall be guided by rules for their protection and support during investigation, in particular, where intimidation of witnesses is at risk. The commentary to the article points out that the proper protection of witnesses is necessary for their safety, which is a crucial condition for them to give evidence and thus for the outcome of the investigation.

Keywords: detention; human rights committee; interrogation; interviewing standards; police ethics; police officials; use of force



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