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Protection Of Human Rights: Police Functions

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This chapter deals with human rights in relation to police functions. It examines various aspects of the protection of human rights, including the protection of children and their rights, as well as the prevention of discrimination. The chapter emphasises the importance of the police role in protecting human rights and protecting children and their rights. The rights identified as rights to democratic freedoms, and considered the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; opinion and expression; assembly and association; and to participative and representative government. These rights are considered in three concepts, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The chapter explains international standards protecting the right to a fair trial, and those directly addressing, or relevant to, the investigation of crime. It discusses the prevention of crime, as it is important for this to be taken into account when the investigation of crime is being considered.

Keywords:crime investigation; democratic freedoms; discrimination; human rights; police functions; rule of law



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