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NCJ Number: 194285 Find in a Library
Title: Cross-Cultural Consideration of the Police and Human Rights
Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:March 2002  Pages:113-122
Author(s): Dorothy H. Bracey
Date Published: March 2002
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that police should be active participants in conversations and debate on the concept of human rights.
Abstract: Most discussions of police and human rights are concerned with police conduct that is either clearly lawless or else reflects laws that are themselves clearly morally abhorrent. But police actions frequently occur in a context in which the definition of human rights is not clear. Discussions of rights in the United States are likely to use the term civil rights. While human rights are seen as universal and inherent in the fact of being human, the American concept of civil rights is based on the Constitution of the United States, particularly its Bill of Rights. Entering the human rights conversation calls for: (1) a sophisticated acquaintance with the issues, data, players, and language involved in human rights discussions; (2) police to make themselves available; and (3) dialogue with government officials. The article describes police as ideally situated to call attention to the problems resulting from the constantly evolving concepts of human rights, and to suggest solutions. References
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Bill of Rights; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Cultural influences; European Convention on Human Rights; Human rights; Human rights violations; Legal doctrines; Police-citizen interactions; United Nations standards
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