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For Informational Purpose: Hold the Myanmar Police Personnel to Criminal Account

Kan Lai Mifim thiam pawl nih heh tiah Lai ca in siseh Mirang ca in siseh vawlei cung mipi nih kan kawlram buainak a linsa taktak mi hi an theih cio khawh nak hnga tiah an mah le an ti khawh tawk cio in heh tiah an um nak hmun cio in ttan an rak la cio mah ti hin kan i bawmh dih hna i kan mah le kan ti khawh tawk cio in kan i bawmh hna ah cun teinak cu a chuak hrimhrim ko lai.

Salai B Chan Khar nih Mah tihin mirang cain a van langhter : “For Informational Purpose: Hold the Myanmar Police Personnel to Criminal Account : With a reckless shooting that later resulted in the death of a young female protester in Naypyitaw yesterday, he clearly breached the UN Codes of Conduct for Law Enforcement and International Association of Chiefs of Police Codes of Conduct (IACP Code hereafter). Additionally and importantly, his reckless, murderous act clearly contrasted the ethical standard purposes mirrored in a speech delivered on 1 October 2013 by Police Chief of Myanmar.

The Article 3 in the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement says that law enforcement officials including the police ‘may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty’ (See there in the following link). Here, the Myanmar Police personel’s use of gun as force is unnecessary at all because the merely presence of the civilian protesters did not pose any threats to the safety of the police or/and render any hindrances to the duty of police.

The IACP Code emphasised that force should be executed only as a last resort. A police officer is allowed to use force only when neccessary in the course of performing his or her duty. However, use of such force must be ‘reasonable in all circumstances’. It means that the force use in Naypyidaw yesterday (particularly, the shooting) is not ‘reasonable in all circumstances’.
One may say that the above Codes of Conduct are nothing to do with the Myanmar Police. But if the Myanmar Police institution is honest, just, fair and law-binding, the Police Chief of Myanmar should adhere to his 2013 speech. The speech contained the remarks involving police obligations to respect every citizen’s basic human rights for protection of citizen’s life and dignity. He intended to do so in line with the international norms or standards for law enforcements.

In summing up, the act of the police personnel that led to the death of a protestor in Naypyitaw is reckless, intentional and highly likely to be criminal. The act clearly breached not only the UN Codes of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials but also the IACP Code. It is ethical requirements for the Police Chief of Myanmar to follow the positive speech delivered in 2013 that describes the importance of police obligations aligned with the international standards”. Salai B Chan Khar

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