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5. Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms

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This chapter talks about the basic principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials adopted by the eighth United Nations Congress on the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders, Havana, 27 August-7 September 1990. The basic principles, which have been formulated to assist Member States in their task of ensuring and promoting the proper role of law enforcement officials, should be taken into account and respected by Governments within the framework of their national legislation and practice, and be brought to the attention of law enforcement officials as well as other persons, such as judges, prosecutors, lawyers, members of the executive branch and the legislature, and the public. The chapter also discusses the qualifications, training and counselling for the use of force and firearms by Law Enforcement Officials followed by the discussion of reporting and review procedures.

Keywords: crime; firearms; force; law enforcement officials; Member States; national legislation; offenders; review procedures; United Nations Congress



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